African has the world's most isolated tree before it was uprooted

The Tree of Ténéré in the 1970s, before a truck crashed into it 

The Tree of Tenere was once the world’s most isolated tree. It was a solitary acacia that grew in the Saharan Desert in Niger, Africa. There wasn’t another tree near it for 250 miles (400 km) around . The Tree of Tenere was the last acacia tree standing from when a group of them were living there before it became so dry and turned into a desert. Scientists dug and found that its roots went 120 feet deep to reach the water table below.

A drunk Libyan driver managed to find the only tree in the desert for 250 miles and run into it. The truck knocked down the Tree of Tenere and killed it. A metal sculpture was placed in the spot where the tree had been to commemorate the lonely Tree of Tenere. The stick sculpture has a few metal branches reaching out from it. It isn’t near as cool as the real thing was, though.
The Tree of Ténéré or L'Abre du Ténéré was the world's most isolated tree - the solitary acacia, which grew in the Sahara desert in Niger, Africa, was the only tree within more than 250 miles (400 km) around.

Now, a metal sculpture was placed in its spot to commemorate the Lonely Tree of Ténéré: