By Stephen Messenger, Tree Hugger
They may have never starred in a Hollywood blockbuster or released a multi-platinum record, and they may be a bit quiet and rigid on camera — but that hasn’t stopped the world’s most famous trees from gaining celebrity status. These trees have led some long and fascinating lives — intermingling with notable figures throughout history and inspiring people for ages.
The Lone Cypress
The Lone Cypress in Pebble Beach, perfectly positioned against its scenic backdrop, has become symbolic of the rugged northern California coast.Thought to be around 250 years old, the cypress actually predates much of the settlement in the region, though this fact hasn’t stopped folks from trying to profit it. In 1990, the Pebble Beach Company, owner of the famed golf club which uses the Lone Cypress as its logo, claimed to have trademarked the tree’s image — despite the fact that it has long been a favorite subject of photographers like Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. Bitter legal battles over custody, it seems, aren’t limited to child stars.