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The Most Ancient and Magnificent Trees From Around the World | WIRED

Rilke's Bayon, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2007. Buddhist temples are straddled by the immense trunks of huge ficus trees whose serpentine roots pry apart the ancient stones in a desperate journey to find soil. | Credit: Beth Moon

Wisteria tree at Kawachi Wisteria Garden in Fukuoka, Japan

Shogo Asao."Baobab tree-lined street covered by a dense fog just after sunrise

The Crowhurst Yew, Crowhurst, England, 2003. Amongst tombstones in a churchyard in Crowhurst, stands a medieval ancient yew, estimated to be over 1,500 years old. | Credit: Beth Moon

Kapok Tree, Palm Beach, Florida, 2004. Kapoks of this size usually inhabitant the rain forest, but Moon found this one in Florida on a private estate, with roots that rise 12 feet above the ground. | Credit: Beth Moon

The Great Western Red Cedar of Gelli Au, Llandeilo, Wales, 2006. This grand multi-trunked Great Western Red Cedar is thought to have been planted in 1863. | Credit: Beth Moon

Heart of the Dragon, Socotra, Yemen, 2010. Living up to 500 years, these bizarre trees are unique to the island of Socotra. Growing in severe conditions, the tree has raised its branches upward over time in an effort to obtain moisture from the highland mists. Once part of a vast forest, these remaining trees are now classified as endangered. | Credit: Beth Moon