According to a recent documentary i saw, where they mentioned one of the oldest living trees on the planet.
As it have fascinate me, like all things do in nature, i researched i bit more into this topic.
I found that there are plenty of 'old' trees still living, some of them fairly young. I couldn't put all of them in here.
So I made a selection from all around the world and added some information.
This is an informative thread, just to put your mind off the daily news and enjoy once again the beauty nature on out small planet.
1,500 to 2,000 years old
This gnarled, ancient oak tree is set away in the Jægerspris North Forest in Denmark. Scientists estimate the “King Oak”
is between 1,500 to 2,000 years old, making it a contender for the title of oldest individual tree in Northern Europe. Though it germinated in an open
meadow, the trees growing around it are slowly closing in on the old oak and killing it.
Te Matua Ngahere
2,000 years old
First discovered by Nicholas Yakas in 1928 when he and his workers were building the State Highway 12 through the forest
This majestic Kauri tree is nestled in the last stretch of a primeval rainforest in Waipoua Forest, New Zealand. The tree is thought to be around
2,000 years old. With a 52.5-foot girth, Te Matua Ngahere is the fattest tree in New Zealand. The giant, whose name means “Father of the Forest”
in Maori, was severely damaged in a storm in 2007.
2,300 to 2,700 years old
This towering giant sequoia stretches 275 feet, about as tall as a 27-story high-rise building, and is 102.6 feet around.
That makes it the largest (by volume) individual tree in the world. The general lives in the Sequoia National Park in California. Scientists believe
this tree could be anywhere from 2,300 years old to 2,700 years old
Patriarca de Floresta
at least 3000 years old
Probably the oldest non-conifer in Brazil. Its name translates as 'Patriarch of the Forest'.
One of the biggest trees in the Atlantic Forest, this one is thought to be at least 3000 years old
3,000 years old
It is a genuine shame that the 'Alishan Sacred Tree' of Taiwan, 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
3,600 years old
Another tree which is known to have been around for 35 million years. This majestic evergreen tree was discovered in 1993 in
a grove in the Andes Mountains of south-central Chile. Using tree rings, scientists showed the giant is 3,620 years old. Though these Patagonian
cypresses can reach 150 feet tall, they gain only a millimeter in girth each year, and can take a thousand years to be full-grown. The Zoroastrian
Sarv and the Llangernyw yew are thought to be older, but the Alerce is the second oldest tree to have its exact age calculated
3,000 to 4,000 years old
(other sources claim up to 5000 years old)
This common yew in Llangernyw, Wales, sprouted during Britain’s Bronze Age, and is between 3,000 and 4,000 years old. Yew
trees can live so long because new shoots from the trunk fuse with it. When the main trunk dies, these offshoots keep going. Branches can also take
root in the rotting trunk, or reach down into the soil near the base
The Legend of the Angelystor
4843–4844 years old
According to local tradition the church yard of Llangernyw is inhabited by an ancient and malign spirit known
as the "Recording Angel" or Angelystor that has the power to curse. Every year at Halloween a booming voice could be heard foretelling the names
of parishioners who were to die the following year. According to tradition a local man, Siôn Ap Rhobert, doubting the truth of the legend challenged
the existence of the spirit one Halloween night only to hear his own name called out. He died within the year
The ancient tree is named after Methuselah, a Biblical figure having the longest mentioned lifespan in the Bible of 969
Its age of 4843–4844 years makes it the world's oldest known living non-clonal organism.
"Methuselah" was 4,789 years old when sampled (likely in 1957) by Edmund Schulman and Tom Harlan, with an estimated germination date of 2832 BC.
Note: This is not a picture of the real Methuselah. To protect the tree from vandalism, the forest service keeps its exact location secret.
The tree is hidden among other millennia-old Great Basin bristlecone pines in a grove called the Forest of Ancients
9,550 years old
This ancient, 16-foot tall Norway spruce lives in the scrubby Fulufjället Mountains in Sweden. At 9,550 years, Old Tjikko is
the oldest single-stemmed clonal tree, and took root not long after the glaciers receded from Scandinavia after the last ice age.
To figure out the hardy spruce’s age, scientists carbon-dated its roots. For thousands of years, the forbidding tundra-climate kept Old Tjikko in
But as weather warmed over the last century, the shrub has grown into a full-fledged tree. The spruce’s discoverer, geologist Leif Kullman, named
the tree after his dead dog.
80,000 years old
The Trembling Giant, is a clonal colony of a single male Quaking Aspen tree. The quaking aspen gained its name because of the
way the tree’s leaves tremble in even the slightest breeze.
In Latin Pando stands for “I spread”. Pando is a part of a single living organism by identical genetic markers and one massive underground root
system, which is claimed to be among the oldest known living organisms in existence at 80,000 years of age. Pando was discovered in 1992 and is
estimated to be 6,000 tonnes which would also make it the heaviest known living organism
Off course there are many more old ones and very cool looking trees.
Like for example.
also known as "the Tree of Life".
This tree remains leafless for nine months of the year.
It is able to hold up to 300 litres of water.
The trees are pollinated by bats and have a fruit as unique as the tree itself
The Chapel-Oak of Allouville-Bellefosse
The tree grows to an immense size. It has an ability to spread to a great area. Its aerial roots run from branches to the ground. This enables
trees to become very large - up to 200 metres in diameter Just fancy, a single tree can cover many acres with the strength of a forest. In Hindu
mythology, the banyan tree represents eternal life because of its expanding branches
The Chapel-Oak is the biggest, oldest, and the most famous tree of France. The tree is a religious monument and an object of pilgrimage. There are
two small chapels built in it
With that being said, there is just one more thing i like to add to this:
If only trees could talk...