13 Oldest Trees in the World

Old Trees
Most of the people might think that the age of trees is only variable or hundreds of years, but not the 13 oldest trees in the world.

The oldest trees in the world have a very fantastic age, they are over 1,000 years old and the data is considered valid because it has been carried out further research by experts.

So, what are the oldest trees in the world that have currently been identified? Here is the list:

 

 

1. Ulin

Ulin Tree
Source: courtina.id

Ulin or also known as Bornean Ironwood is a tree that produces good quality wood and is a typical Kalimantan plant. Ironwood trees can grow as high as 30-35 meters with a trunk diameter of 1-1.5 meters.

Recently, an ironwood tree has been found in the interior of the Kalimantan forest which is estimated to be around 1,000 years old. Due to the news about the discovery of this rare tree, as a result, many researchers have come from abroad to research it and many of them have revealed that it is indeed more than 1,000 years old.

This tree is now named the oldest tree in Indonesia and is protected by the government as well as forest managers in Kalimantan.

ULIN TREE INFORMATION
Origin Indonesia
Botanical name Eusideroxylon zwageri
Verified age 1,000 years old
Condition Still alive

 

2. Hundred Horse Chestnut

Hundred Horse Chestnut
Source: redd.it

Hundred Horse Chestnut is one of the trees that grow in the eastern mountains of Etna, Italy and it has a lifespan of 2,000 to 3,000 years. According to local legend, this tree was used to shelter 100 knights on horseback when caught in a storm.

Guinness World Records has registered him for the record for “Greatest Tree Girth Ever”.

HUNDRED HORSE CHESTNUT TREE INFORMATION
Origin Italy
Botanical name Castanea sativa
Verified age 2,000 years old
Condition Still alive

 

3. Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Source: trip.com

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi is a sacred fig tree in Mahamewna Park, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It is said from the history of Sri Maha Bodhi in Buddha Gaya in India where Buddha attained Enlightenment.

This tree was planted in 288 BC, and it is the oldest tree planted by humans, although the date of planting is unknown.

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi is one of the most sacred relics of Buddhists in Sri Lanka and is revered by Buddhists all over the world.

In April 2014, the Sri Lankan government banned all construction within 500 meters of trees. Only a clear construction that will not damage the tree is permitted.

JAYA SRI MAHA BODHI TREE INFORMATION
Origin Sri Lanka
Botanical name Ficus religiosa
Verified age 2,300 years old
Condition Still alive

 

4. The President

The President Tree
Source: nationalgeographic.com

The president is a type of giant sequoia tree that grows in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in the United States. It is about 75 meters high, and the base diameter is 8.2 meters.

The president is the third largest tree in the world (measured by stem volume) and the oldest known sequoia tree, about 3,200 years old.

THE PRESIDENT TREE INFORMATION
Origin United States
Botanical name Sequoiadendron giganteum
Verified age 3,200 years old
Condition Still alive

 

5. The Senator

The Senator Tree
Source: google.com

The Senator is the oldest Bald Cypress tree in the world, located in Big Tree Park, Longwood, Florida. Unfortunately, this tree was destroyed (due to human activity) in 2012.

As of 1993, this tree is estimated to be 3,500 years old, making it the 5th oldest tree in the world.

Not far from The Senator tree (about 12 m) stands another old pine tree named “Lady Liberty”. It is estimated that Lady Liberty is 2,000 years old and is included in the list of one of the oldest trees in the world.

THE SENATOR TREE INFORMATION
Origin Florida
Botanical name Taxodium ascendens
Verified age 3,500 years old
Condition Dead

 

6. Sarv-e Abarkuh

Sarv-e Abarkuh
Source: flickr.com/Rafael Gómez

Cypress of Abarkuh or Sarv-e Abarkuh is a giant evergreen tree that grows in Abarkuh, Iran. This tree is protected by the Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization as a national natural monument and is a major tourist attraction.

It is estimated that Sarv-e Abarkuh is more than 4,000 years old and is the second oldest living creature in Asia.

The exact age of the tree is difficult to determine, but it is estimated to be between 4,000 and 5,000 years old.

SARV-E ABARKUH TREE INFORMATION
Origin Iranian
Botanical name Cupressus sempervirens
Verified age 4,000 years old
Condition Still alive

 

7. Llangernyw Yew

Llangernyw Yew
Source: flickr.com/Jeff Buck

Llangernyw Yew is a 4,000 to 5,000 year old tree located in the village of Llangernyw, Conwy, North Wales. This tree is right on the grounds of the Church of St. Digain and according to local stories became a place for an ancient spirit named “Angelystor”.

In the mid-1990s there was a church oil tank that was placed between two halves of the trunk of a tree. However, it was removed when it realized that the tree was ancient. When the oil tank is removed, a lot of deadwood makes dating the trees more difficult for dendrochronologists.

In June 2002, the Tree Council, in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee, designated the Llangernyw Yew tree as one of Great Britain’s Fifty Trees as a national heritage.

LLANGERNYW YEW TREE INFORMATION
Origin North Wales
Botanical name Taxus baccata
Verified age 4,000 years old
Condition Still alive

 

8. Methuselah

Methuselah
Source: flickr.com/W9JIM

Methuselah is a pine tree that grows in the White Mountains, Inyo County in eastern California. This tree is known as a non-clonal tree with a confirmed age. Its exact location in the forest is kept secret because it is protected by the United States Forest Service.

The Methuselah tree is currently 4,800 years old, it is estimated that it germinated in 2833 BC. Researched using tree trunk rings, the results showed patterns of rainfall originating from 1983 BC.

METHUSELAH TREE INFORMATION
Origin California
Botanical name Pinus longaeva
Verified age 4,800 years old
Condition Still alive

 

9. The Sisters

The Sisters Tree
Source: flickr.com/Manel Armengol

The Sisters or Sisters Olive Trees of Noah is the name of a small forest of sixteen olive trees in the city of Bcheale, Lebanon.

The sixteen trees are at least 5,000 years old, some may even be 6,000 years or more, and they are probably the oldest living non-clonal trees in the world.

The trees still produce olives, and preservation efforts are being undertaken by the non-profit organization Sisters Olive Oil, which markets the oil from the olives.

METHUSELAH TREE INFORMATION
Origin Lebanon
Botanical name Olea europaea
Verified age 5,000 years old
Condition Still alive

 

10. Oliveira do Mouchão

Oliveira do Mouchão
Source: treeoftheyear.eu

Oliveira do Mouchão is the name of an olive grove located in Mouriscas, Portugal. This tree is thought to be more than 3 millennia old and makes it a silent witness to the adventurers of Phoenicians, Celtiberos, and Romans of his day.

In 2007, the tree was classified as a garden for public use in a process sparked by the Abrantes City Council.

One of the oldest olive trees in Oliveira do Mouchão’s garden was included in the tree selection contest which will represent Portugal in an event themed “TREE OF THE YEAR 2021”, in November.

OLIVEIRA DO MOUCHAO TREE INFORMATION
Origin Portugal
Botanical name Olea europaea
Verified age 3,500 years old
Condition Still alive

 

11. Old Tjikko

Old Tjikko
Source: twitter.com/swedense

Old Tjikko is recognized as the oldest living clonal individual tree in the world, which is 9,550 years old. Researchers discovered this tree in 2004 on Mount Fulufjället, Dalarna province, Sweden. Although this tree is only about 4 meters high, based on research on tree roots, it turns out that the Old Tjikko tree is very old.

The Old Tjikko tree has survived for so long due to the extensive cloning process. Although the tree looks relatively young, it is part of an older root system that is thousands of years old. The tree trunk may die and regrow several times, but the root system of the tree remains intact.

It is known that the stems can only live for 600 years, and when one stem dies, another will grow back in its place.

OLD TJIKKO TREE INFORMATION
Origin Sweden
Botanical name Picea abies
Verified age 9,550 years old
Condition Still alive

 

12. Pando

Pando
Source: flickr.com/Melenie MacGregor

Pando is a clonal colony of the single Aspen tree, which is claimed to be a single living organism based on identical genetic markers and is thought to have a single giant underground root system that is 80,000 years old.

This tree colony occupies an area of 43 hectares and is estimated to have a total weight of about 6,000,000 kilograms, making it the heaviest organism on earth.

Currently, the Pando tree colony is in a state of dying. Although the exact reason is unknown, it is thought to be due to drought, insects, or disease. The Western Aspen Alliance has studied the tree in an attempt to save it, and the United States Forest Service is experimenting with about 5 acres of Pando shares in an attempt to save it.

PANDO TREE INFORMATION
Origin Colorado
Botanical name Populus tremuloides
Verified age 80,000 years old
Condition Still alive

 

13. Callixylon

Callixylon whiteanum Ancient Tree
Source: flickr.com/Brad Holt

Callixylon is the name of an ancient tree stump that is 250,000,000 years old. This tree stump was discovered by John Fitts in 1913, on a farm near Goose Creek, south of Jesse, Oklahoma.

The Callixylon tree species became extinct at the end of the Devonian period. He was later researched and classified as a member of the same family as the genus Archaeopteris.

It was a series of cuts that were ultimately reconstructed to form a full eight feet high stump.

HISTORY
For 23 years (1913-1936) the Smithsonians in Washington DC and East Central University competed to have a waiting Callixylon tree. David White, head of the US Geological Survey and Curator of Paleobotany at the Smithsonian Institution came from Washington DC to inspect and decided it should be displayed at the Smithsonian, not the ECU.

ECU supporters raise money to erect tree fragments into tree shapes and transfer them to campus. White died before enough funds were raised to move the tree to the Smithsonian and as a result, it was given to East Central University as a gift and a memorial.

The Callixylon tree was officially received by the then president of the ECU, President of Linscheid in March 1936. The plaque at the base of the tree is dedicated to White.

A partially reconstructed Callixylon tree stump, currently on display at the entrance to the East Central University campus.

 

CALLIXYLON TREE INFORMATION
Origin Oklahoma
Botanical name Callixylon whiteanum
Verified age 250,000,000 years old
Condition Extinct

 

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