20: Blue Jacaranda – In pictures: 20 of the world’s most beautiful trees
The exquisite violet blossoms of the blue jacaranda smother its branches and make an eye-catching spectacle just before the leaves unfold. The Beauty of Trees by Michael Jordan (Quercus, RRP £20) is available to order from Telegraph Books at £18 + £1.35 p&p. Call 0844 871 1515 or visit
The tall, straight trunks of eastern hemlock blend into the mists of an early morning in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The tree’s bizarre appearance is brought about because the large globular fruits are borne in clusters directly on the trunk of the tree.
The prop roots of a massive and aged banyan provide their own own dramatic and unique imagery beside a forest track in the Ranthambore National Park in northern India.
This majestic ponderosa pine has been growing towards the meagre sunlight for years in Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park in the United States.
The exotic magnificence of the red blossoms decorating this tree growing on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania would be hard to miss.
The trunks of densely packed white poplars create a pretty spectacle in spring sunlight.
In early winter an English oak, its colours fast changing from green to russet, stands in solitary splendour among arable fields at Lamyatt in the west of England.
The incredible bald cypress, supported by aerial prop roots, grows seemingly from the bottom of this lake in the Everglades, Florida.
One of the few species of conifer that shed their needles in winter, bare European larches clothe a hillside in England’s Lake District National Park.
With a fresh layer of snow, these famous monkey puzzle trees in the Malalcahuello National Reserve in Chile give the area a mythical air. The Beauty of Trees by Michael Jordan (Quercus, RRP £20) is available to order from Telegraph Books at £18 + £1.35 p&p. Call 0844 871 1515 or visit
Framed here by a New Zealand mountain backdrop, the southern cabbage tree is a lowland species believed to have once formed dense jungles along river banks.
A blaze of white ‘candles’ lights up horse chestnuts during spring.
Ancient gnarled olive trees emerge from the early morning mist in a grove on the Greek island of Thassos.
This parade of ‘upside-down trees’ lines the famous Avenue des Baobabs, in Menabe, Madagascar.
Like its African counterpart, the West Indian mahogany has been over-exploited for timber. Here, however, young trees are grown as a sustainable crop in a Hawaiian plantation.
The imposing trunks of grand fir soar skywards in a forest in British Columbia, Canada.
A Scots pine stands sentinel-like at the edge of Loch an Eilein deep in the Scottish Highlands.
A red mangrove on the Queensland coast of Australia develops large numbers of thin, aerial prop roots that help support its main trunk in unstable shifting sands.
Evidence of the bygone industry of coppicing hazel to make poles for hurdles and fences is not hard to find in many old woodlands. The Beauty of Trees by Michael Jordan (Quercus, RRP £20) is available to order from Telegraph Books at £18 + £1.35 p&p. Call 0844 871 1515 or visit