Four of the world’s oldest living trees.
Humans have been roaming the face of the earth for thousands of years, leaving behind a wealth of knowledge and history. While we as a species may have witnessed many great events, there are plants and trees that have been standing just as long, if not longer.
While many know that trees can live for around 100 years, many don’t realise that there are trees standing today that were alive when the Egyptians were constructing the pyramids, when Christopher Columbus made his way to America and when Henry the eighth was reigning over England.
So, what are the oldest trees that still stand to this day? And how do they manage to survive as long as they do? Our lives may seem long, but they are just a flash of light when compared to some of the oldest trees in the world.
Old Tjikko (Sweden) 9550 Years Old.
Sometime during the last known ice age, this little spruce emerged. Roughly 9550 years ago its mother tree sent out a root system that produced identical clones of itself, this same process is still happening today. While the 16 ft tree that stands today is not actually 9550 years old, the tree is a perfect clone of the original tree. While there are other trees that are claimed to be older, none of these have yet been verified to be true.
Methuselah (California) 5000 Years Old.
This bristlecone pine tree is the oldest verified non-clonal tree (it is the same tree that sprouted from a seed) and is located in California's white mountains. The tree is so valued that its actual location is kept a secret to prevent people from damaging or uprooting the specimen. This tree shot up out of the ground almost 4600 years before America was discovered and colonised by the Europeans.
Llangernyw (North Wales) 4000 Years Old.
At the time of the pyramids of Egypt's construction, a small yew tree emerged in what is now known as north wales. This tree emerged from the ground over 2500 years before the monarchical system appeared in England and It was at this time that the earliest farming communities appeared and the start of the Neolithic period began.
Fitzroya cupressoides (Chile) 3600 Years Old.Found in the Andes Mountains, Fitzroya cupressoides is a type of evergreen tree that is now commonly used for its wood. There is one specific tree that is protected and is estimated to be over 3600 years old. At the time of its emergence, the population of the world was estimated to be at less than 180 thousand people and the first London Bridge was built in what is now known as Vauxhall. The bridge was estimated to be 3 meters wide and was constructed out of wood.