Trees that defy nature

The earth is home to 3 trillion adult trees that cover around 30 per cent of the planet’s land surface. Trees have been around for 370 million years, so it’s no surprise that many of them have somehow defied the odds and grown in the most inhospitable, unusual and downright spectacular places and ways imaginable.

From growing out of buildings to surviving the harshest conditions on the planet, here are 10 trees that simply defy nature.

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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