The Best Tree in the World, 2002-present


I am trying to figure out which tree, out of all the many trees in the world, is the very best tree. This entails looking at all the characteristics that make a tree the best, such as its beauty, the number of leaves it has, the amount of shade it gives, its flexibility in the wind, and so on.

In many ways I am inspired by other popular contests and investigations into other high-quality categories of things, from human beauty pageants to the Oscars. If we can determine the best candidate in those categories, why not trees?

Since I started looking at trees' relative bestness, I have also become interested in other tree qualities, such as tree dopplegangers. Really, I have become fascinated by how interesting trees are in general, especially considering that they are a fairly static, non-sentient, omnipresent kind of plant that doesn't seem to do a lot. To this end, I have started to simply collect interesting tree facts, as seen in the top link.


Projects:

The Center for Trees of Greatness and Curiosity

Oral Tree Histories

Learning from the Losers

Laminated Leaves: Tracking

Huggability

Leaf Count

Shade Test

Record Album Racks

Blowability

Climbability

Flexibility

The Most Beautiful Tree in the World (see Interactive Projects page for more)

Trees and Their Doppelgangers:

Here & There

William Wilson:

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[Set D, D']

 

 

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