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Axel Erlandson (1884 – 1964) was an unusual farmer who made trees grow to whatever design he desired. This bizarre variety of tree shapes, which were known as “The strangest trees in the world,” and later became known as the ”Circus Trees” were unrealistically woven to form miniature resemblances of statues. Unfortunately Axel died without telling anyone his secrets….
Interesting Fact: In 1985, after the Tree Circus went out of business the trees were bought by millionaire Michael Bonfante and were transplanted in his amusement park Gilroy Gardens in Gilroy, California.