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Top 10 Oldest Trees in the World

Thursday, October 13th 2011. | Oldest


I guess you want to know about the oldest trees in the world. Although botany purists may contest researchers’ failure to distinguish among clonal, deciduous, and evergreen trees as they assembled this list, careful examination of the data revealed the distinction would have altered the list very little. Here is a list of Oldest Trees.

 

10. General Sherman – 2500 years old

Oldest Trees in the World Old General Sherman

Oldest Trees in the World Old General Sherman

The General Sherman, 2500 years old is also the largest non-clonal tree by volume. (A clonal tree is one that can reproduce itself without pollination) This monster hangs out in the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park and loves to pick on the smaller trees. The General towers over other trees in the forest at a whopping 274.9 feet tall and at its base; you would cover more than 100 feet if you walked around it. With the average age of the giant sequoia being 600 years, the General Sherman is the granddaddy of the Sequoia National Park.

 

9. Old Chestnut – 2,000 and 4,000 years old

Oldest Trees in the World Old Chestnut

Oldest Trees in the World Old Chestnut

The oldest known Chestnut tree in the world – known as the “Tree of 100 Horses” – can be found on the Linguaglossa road, in San D’Alfio, on the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily. It is indisputably the largest tree of its kind to be found anywhere on the planet, and thought to be somewhere between 2,000 and 4,000 years old.

 

8. Alyshun – 3,000 years old

Oldest Trees in the World Alyshun

Oldest Trees in the World Alyshun

It is a genuine shame that the ‘Alishan Sacred Tree’ of Taiwan, also believed to have been 3,000 years old, collapsed on July 1, 1997 following heavy rainstorms. These are slow-growing but long-lived and ultimately very large conifers 55–60mtrs in height, with a trunk up to 7m in diameter. This particular one was very special to the local Buddhists.

 

7. Patriarch – 3000 years old

Oldest Trees in the World Patriarch

Oldest Trees in the World Patriarch

Yet another ancient South American resident is the ‘Patriarca de Floresta’ tree of Brazil. One of the biggest trees in the Atlantic Forest, this one is thought to be at least 3000 years old, almost certainly the oldest deciduous tree on the continent.

 

6. Jardine Juniper3200 years old

Oldest Trees in the World Jardine Juniper

Oldest Trees in the World Jardine Juniper

Jumping Juniper, this is one old tree! Pegged at over 3000 years, the Utah state juniper was named after the then US Secretary of Agriculture, William Marion Jardine; the Jardine Juniper was discovered by a Utah State Agricultural College student named Maurice Blood Linford. She stands at 40 feet tall. (The tree, not Maurice.)

 

5. Senator – 3500 Years

Oldest Trees in the World Senator

Oldest Trees in the World Senator

Not only the oldest but also by far the largest Baldycypress in the Big Tree Park near Longwood, Florida, Senator has developed a colorful history in its 3500 years. For almost all of its early life, Senator stood nearly 170 feet tall, dwarfing everything around it, The Semi9nole and other indigenous people used the tree as a landmark, and tourists willingly waded through swamps to behold and photograph it. In 1925, a hurricane ripped away more than fifty feet from Senator’s top, yet it still dwarfs everything around it

 

4.  Alerce – 3,600 years

Oldest Trees in the World Alerce

Oldest Trees in the World Alerce

This unusual Conifer tree, located in Chile, dates back around 3622 years and is still going strong. It is an evergreen with cone-like flowers. The Chilean government claims this is the second oldest verified tree in the world but we list experts know better. Still, this old gal has been around long enough to earn some respect so we won’t argue with her. Besides, she has a sister in Puerto Sangrario that stands over 170 feet tall and we do not want to upset her.

 

3. Llangernyw Yew – 4000 years old

Oldest Trees in the World Llangernyw Yew

Oldest Trees in the World Llangernyw Yew

Spreading its mighty branches across the churchyard of Saint Dygain’s church, in Llangernyw, Wales, a rural hamlet almost too tiny to notice. The parish church and majestic yew, however, have brought the town more than its fair share of attention for several hundred years. Many locals still believe restless spirits haunt the church, and colorful Halloween takes abound. According to local folklore, the yew tree has revelatory powers, and children coming of age would fast and pray beneath the yew until it disclosed their destinies.

 

2. Sarv-e-Abarkooh – 4000 years old

Oldest Trees in the World Sarv-e-Abarkooh

Oldest Trees in the World Sarv-e-Abarkooh

Widely believed to be the single oldest living thing in Asia, Sarv-e-Abarqu has become a major tourist attraction, and the Iranian government has declared it a national monument. Since ancient times, mythology and symbolism have grown up around Cypress trees, and several sacred texts associate Cypress with sacrifice, death, and rebirth. Cypress groves frequently adorn temples, cathedrals, and mosques; and, revered for its durability, cypress wood often frames or decorates places of worship.

 

1. Methuselah – 4800 years old

Oldest Trees in the World Methuselah

Oldest Trees in the World Methuselah

Methuselah as oldest tree named after the Biblical character revered among his people for living nearly 1000 years, lives in “The Forest of the Ancients,” a grove of Bristlecone Pines in California’s White Mountains. In 1964, loggers felled “Prometheus,” an even older Bristlecone Pine. Since then, Inyo National Forest officials have refused to disclose the exact location of The Forest of the Ancients, and exceptionally strict environmental protection laws safeguard the trees.

Have you ever seen one of those oldest tree in the world?


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