9 Of The World’s Oldest Trees

These amazing trees are tourist destinations in their own right. Mother Nature is amazing!

1. Alerce. This tree is native to the Andes mountains and is believed by many botanists to be the second-longest living trees on earth (behind the bristlecone pine of North America). The oldest known living specimen is 3,640 years old.  


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2. Hundred Horse Chestnut. On the eastern slope of Mount Etna in Sicily, this is the oldest known chestnut tree in the world, believed to be between 2,000 and 4,000 years old. 


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3. General Sherman. Believed to be about 2,500 years old, this giant sequoia stands in Sequoia National Park in California—along with five of the 10 largest trees in the world.


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4. Jōmon Sugi. In Yakushima, Japan, this is the oldest—and largest—cryptomeria tree on the island and is at least 2,000 years old. Some experts believe it could be older than 5,000 years old, however, which would make it the oldest tree in the world. 


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5. Llangernyw Yew. In the small churchyard of St. Dygain’s Church in Llangernyw village, north Wales, this yew is about 4,000 years old. In celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s golden jubilee, this tree was designated as one of 50 Great British Trees by the Tree Council.  


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6. Methuselah. This ancient bristlecone pine, at 4,841 years old, is the oldest on earth. In the Inyo National Forest, in the White Mountains of California, its specific location is a secret (to help protect it). 

7. Olive Tree of Vouves. On the Greek island of Crete, this tree is one of seven olive trees in the Mediterranean believed to be 2,000 to 3,000 years old—and is believed to be the oldest one of all. It still produces olives today.  

8. Patriarca da Floresta. This tree is believed to be the oldest non-conifer in Brazil at about 3,000 years old. 



9. Sarv-e Abarqu. This cypress in Yazd province, Iran, is estimated to be at least 4,000 years old and is considered an Iranian national monument. 



Scouted via Mother Earth Network


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