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A few of our favorite trees

Ransom Riggs
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There are plenty of notable trees out there -- both real and fictional, historic and living -- and in honor of Arbor Day (just five weeks away!) we wanted to share a few of our favorites. Drum roll ...

Sri Maha Bodhi
Said to be a sapling from the original Bodhi Tree (under which the historical Buddha became enlightened), it was planted in 288 BC, making it the oldest living tree with a known planting date. It was moved from India to Sri Lanka in the third century, where today it stands as one of the world's most sacred, fig-producing holy sites. A fence was installed around the tree in the 18th century to prevent it from being snacked upon by hungry elephants.

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