Here Are Some Of The Oldest Trees On Earth That Are Over Thousands Years Old
There are very few things in the world that have any chance of lasting forever. Even rocks, as thick and weighty as they are, wear away in the right weather conditions. The artificial human-made objects that litter the Earth can last for hundreds of years. But there are ways that Mother Nature still has a few tricks up her sleeve, though. Here are some of the oldest trees in the world:
1. The Senator
Currently deceased, the tree was said to be an estimated 3,500 years old. It was located in Longwood, Florida and was a species of Taxodium ascendens or Pond cypress. Not only was it one of the largest but one of the oldest in existence while it was alive. It stood a staggering 118 feet tall with a circumference of 35 feet. Before a hurricane destroyed the very top, it had originally grown to 165 feet.
The Senator met its demise at the hands of a woman named Sarah Barnes and a friend back in 2012. They were smoking inside a hollow of the tree and left a fire burning that engulfed it.
As a tribute to the tree, Seminole County permitted a handful of artists to crafts trinkets such as vases, pens, flutes, and sculptures from its charred remains.
2. Gran Abuelo
Said to be around 3,646 years old, this Fitzroya cupressoides or Patagonian Cypress still lives as the Alerce Costero National Park in the country of Chile. Gran Abuelo, Spanish for “great grandfather”, is a national treasure to the country. It was in 1993 that a group of a researchers examined growth to verify its age, prompting them to proclaim it the oldest living tree in South America.
Alerce, the Chilean word for Patagonian Cypress, secretes a unique sap that preserves a tree whether they are submerged in water or buried under mounds of dirt. Now an endangered species, many loggers harvest the tree as building material.
3. Sarv-e Abarkuh
Rumored to be between 4,000 and 5,000 years old, Sarv-e Abarkuh is a Cupressus sempervirens or Mediterranean cypress. The tree stands currently living in the city of Abarkuh, Iran.
No one knows the exact age, aside from the estimate. The tree is rumored to have been planted two possible historical figures: Japeth, the third son of Noah, from the tale of the ark, or the Iranian prophet Zoroaster.
Currently, the tree is protected by the Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran. Thanks to its rumored history, it is one of the most popular monuments in Iran to visit.
4. Llangernyw Yew
Located in Conwy, Wales, this Taxus baccata or Common Yew is said to be between 4,000 and 5,000 years old. Its home in Wales is in the churchyard of St. digain’s Church in the village of Llangernyw.
The church itself also possesses from English botanist, author, and broadcaster David Bellamy, attesting to the tree’s age based on thousands of years of written record.
The Llangernyw Yew was added in 2002 to the list of Fifty Great British Trees.
Said to be at least 4,850 years old the Pinus logaeva or Great Basin bristlecone pine is located in Inyo, County, California, USA. Still living, the tree was known as the oldest in the world up to 2012.
It was first discovered by Tom Harlan and Edmund Schulman around 1957. Its namesake is that of the Methuselah, the oldest known figure in the Bible at 969 years old.
No one except for the county that houses the White Mountains knows the exact location of the tree. This is to protect it from those who wish to do it harm.
The estimated germination is said to be around 2832 BCE, giving it a far longer history than the pyramids of Giza.
The name of the tree is already pretty cool. Estimated to be between 4,862 and 4,900 years old, the Pinus longaeva or Great Basin bristlecone pine called Wheeler Peak, Nevada, USA home.
The tree was cut down in 1964 after a botched attempt by Donald R. Currey to take a core sample to determine age. Prior to this extraction, the tree was even rumored to be older than Methuselah. The core sample that is on display at the Great Basin Visitor Center offers tourists to count the 4,862 rings. Other estimates state it may be much older.
7. Unnamed Great Basin Bristlecone Pine
An estimated 5,071 years old, it is the same species of tree as Methuselah. At least 120 years older than its sister tree, this ancient pine lives in Inyo County, California, USA as well.
Schulman took a core sample in the 1950s but passed away before he could determine its age.
Tom Harlan examined the sample and stated it was 5,062 years old.