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13 must-see trees around the world

By: Sidney Stevens on Nov. 16, 2016, 12:01 p.m.
El Árbol del Tule on its lawn

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Tule Tree

This massive 2,000-year-old Montezuma cypress grows in a churchyard in Santa Maria del Tule in the Mexican state of Oaxaca and was named to UNESCO's tentative list of World Heritage Sites in 2001. Known locally as the Arbol del Tule, it boasts the stoutest trunk of any tree on the planet with a circumference of 137.8 feet. That means it takes 30 people with arms extended and hands joined to encircle it. Apparently this old legend has been drawing attention to itself for centuries; it was chronicled both by the Aztecs and the Spanish explorers who arrived later.