The most enormous tree in Colombia has grown pillars to hold its branches since it possesses a larger diameter.


Is it a mountain? No, it’s a gigantic green standing tall in the woods!

Image credit: Eréndira Rodríguez

Have you ever wondered about what is the giant tree in the world? Undoubtedly, General Sherman is a front-runner in the lineup.

By the way, look at this new contender for the largest tree lineup. There is a tree that some people wrongly refer to as “The Tree of Guacar” in the Caribbean region of Colombia. This gigantic tree was located nearby and resembled the tree we are introducing here in terms of appearance.

In the 1990s, a picture of the tree, also known as the Samán of Guacar, appeared on 500 peso coins issued by Colombia. It was a Samanea saman tree, sometimes referred to as a rain tree, and it was down in 1989 when its substantial branches started to split off.

The actual “The Tree of Guacar” was another tree of a distinct species, although it had a similar appearance.

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However, the tree covered in this page is distinct. Although it appears to be another famous Samanea saman, it is not. No, it’s a Ficus, sometimes known as a fig tree, a common decorative plant that can be seen in gardens and houses worldwide. And it has developed quite big.

The giant fig, considered Columbia’s largest tree, is so enormous that you would confuse it from a distance for a hill. In fact, as you get closer to it, you start to feel incredibly little and dwarfed. But given that this behemoth is apparently 30 meters tall and 75 meters in circumference (we couldn’t uncover concrete evidence, but the photographs appear to support this), that makes sense.

The plant has stunning foliage that resembles a green mountain, and its branches touch the ground as though honoring Mother Earth. Additionally, they serve as foundations that the tree has itself produced, with aerial roots growing from branches that extend farthest from the trunk and kissing the ground.

The tree has developed aerial roots to sustain its massive foliage.

Image credit: Viajar en Verano

A breathtaking scene. According to Viajar en Verano, standing beneath this enormous tree gives the impression that you are in the basement of a large structure because of all the supports supporting the vast mass.

Due to the “feet” it uses to assure its growth, some Latin Americans refer to it as “The Tree That Walks.” The pillars it has grown into are like limbs via which it progresses to cover a more extensive area with its branches, absorb the sun’s rays more directly, or locate more fertile ground to feed on.

What’s more noteworthy is that the Tree of San Marcos isn’t actually a tree. It’s several trees – It’s actually six trees connected together, not just one.

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It’s actually six trees connected together, not just one.

Ral Ospino Rangel, a historian, explains how the green mass came to be.

It all began in 1964 when the farm’s owner, Mr. Alejandra, wished to preserve a yellow cedar tree he had planted. To keep the livestock from harming the young cedar, they surrounded it with six fig tree poles.

Instead of providing protection for the yellow cedar tree, the fig tree’s struts began to produce buds and afterward branches, which finally absorbed and devoured the cedar tree.

The branches slant to kiss the earth and provide a peacock with cover.

Image credit: Wbeimar Muñoz Gonzàlez

The “Giant Fig of San Marcos” is really six different plants linked and reinforced by aerial roots, which they used to create ground supports.

Visit San Marcos and allow yourself to be caressed by “The Most Gorgeous Tree in Colombia” if you ever find yourself traveling to Colombia’s Atlantic coast. You may first see the enormous “green mountain” around three kilometers before approaching the Alejandra farm, so you will undoubtedly notice it from a distance.

Image credit: Antonio Sáez

One feels little and nourished at the same time by this tree’s strong spirit while being safeguarded by its branches. Let’s hope it will be there for a very long time.

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