Trees grow tall and mighty, and they don’t care what stands in their way. Neither signs, sculptures, nor other things that we attach to them can match their strength.
We at Bored Panda put together a list of pictures that show “hungry” trees devouring everyday objects just because they can.
So continue scrolling to remind yourself that nature is a force to be reckoned with. And if, for whatever reason, you need more proof after you’re done, fire up our earlier publication about the times Mother Earth made people go “well, that sucks.”
#1 Trees Can’t Read
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#2 This Tree Grew Around A Stone Sculpture Of A Face, Making It Appear As If There Is A Green Man Trapped Inside
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But as much as we admire them, trees are in a lot of trouble. A recent first-of-its-kind study assessing every kind of tree native to the United States found that 11% to 16% of them are threatened with extinction.
The research was carried out across the lower 48 United States over the past five years. It was a collaboration of multiple different organizations throughout the country and even a few global contributors. The result provided a better understanding of the current condition of the local plants and a starting point to work on to protect them.
#3 Tree Grew Around This Sign, Only Leaving The Word “Help” Visible
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#4 This Sculpture Of Jesus At Abandoned Cemetery In Poland Gets Slowly Absorbed By A Tree
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#5 Nom Nom Nom
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“We can’t protect what we don’t know about,” said Susan Pell, Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden. “And so we really have to have a baseline of understanding of what things are at risk.”
The scientists looked at the extinction risk, patterns of geographic and taxonomic diversity, and leading threats facing the species. The most common threat turned out to be invasive and problematic pests and diseases.
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#7 Arms In The Air And Smiling
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#8 After 10 Months This Tree Has Almost Swallowed A Key
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#9 Old John Deere Parked For The Last Time
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“As we have warmer climates, in our northern parts of our country, we see some of these invasive insects being able to go further north to attack more trees,” Pell explained.
For instance, take the Emerald Ash Borer first found in Michigan.
“The early projections when it was first discovered were that it wouldn’t make it to Canada. And now with climate change, projections are going to become more widespread in Canada and certainly in the United States,” Pell said.
#10 I Am A Mailman, I Deliver To This Box Every Day
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#11 Sharing Is Caring
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#12 The ‘Hungry Tree’, Slowing Devouring A Park Bench In Dublin, Ireland
#13 During An Engagement Shoot, We Came Across This Truck In A Tree
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Additional climate change threats include worsening drought conditions in parts of the country, widespread wildfires, and more intense storms with heavy rain. Other stressors for trees come from development and agriculture.
“What we’ve identified are the species that are most at risk,” Pell said. “And we’re also looking at some habitats that are most impressive on some of these areas and coastal environments, for example, that are under threat for development, and thinking about ways that we can conserve plants, both from a land perspective but also looking at what can we do for individual species that are really at risk.”
#14 This Tree Devouring The Buddha Statue
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#15 This Forgotten Bike That Grew Into A Tree
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#16 Massive Strangler Fig
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#17 Tree Astride A Wall
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One thing they can do is protect their habitat. Specialists are also working to put at-risk trees in living collections — places like botanic gardens and arboretums.
Through the study, researchers found that there are currently 17 species of trees not found in living collections that need a new home.
#18 You Would Squint Too, If You Had To Gobble Up A Traffic Sign
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#19 This Tree Grew Around A Fire Hydrant
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#20 The Way This Tree Is Stripping The Paint Off This Sign Only To Cover Itself In Paint
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#21 This Tree Swallowing A Trespassing Sign
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One of them is the Franklin Tree, also known as the Franklinia, which is native to the state of Georgia.
It was collected in the 1800s and never seen in the wild again. Now, however, it’s found in over 100 living collections. An encouraging success story when you consider what is at risk if we lose threatened trees.
#22 Trees Sucking On A Swing In New Jersey
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#23 I Don’t Know Why They Had To Replace A Perfectly Good Sign
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#24 Trees Get Hangry Too
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#25 I Lost These Glasses 10 Years Ago. Apparently, This Young Hackberry Has Taken Over Them
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“Our livelihood is the environment,” Pell said. “Trees are one of the most important organisms when it comes to the health of our natural environments here in the United States.”
As we can see from the pictures, they really want to live. All we need to do is to help them more than we threaten them.
#26 This Tree That Has Absorbed It’s Bench Over The Years
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#27 A Tree In Front Of My Parent’s House Grew Around An Old Hand Grenade
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#28 Was Told This Belongs Here. An Oak Tree Growing Around An Electrical Box
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#29 A Victorian-Era Post Box Being Slowly Swallowed By A Tree
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#30 This Magic 8 Ball Has Been Here For A Magical 8 Years
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#31 Found A Trail With A Bunch Of These
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#32 My Basketball Hoop From The 90s
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#33 It Knows No Limits. Tree Consumes Metal Sign On The Hiking Trail
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#34 This Tree Grew Over A Grave Stone And Took The Cross With It
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#35 Tree Grew Into This Rock And Made A Natural Pickaxe
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#36 Saw This On My Lunch Break Yesterday
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#37 Motorcycle In Pine. Laconia, NH
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#38 Found At The Abandoned Detroit Packard Plant, A Tree Consuming A Fire Hydrant
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#39 Sycamore Tree In France Looks A Bit Menacing After Devouring This No Parking Sign
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#40 Tree Sucking On The Silhouette Of A Hiker
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