Did you know that trees are an incredible source of information about the history of our planet? From the age of a tree, we can learn about the earth’s climate and our history. But calculating the age of these beautiful living creatures is not easy. The most common method is to study the rings in the tree’s trunk: each ring equals one year of life. An old tree is a witness of itself and beneficial information for science, pieces of history that are worth visiting. Here is a surprising classification of the world’s oldest trees
1) Great Basin Bristlecone Pino, 5066 Years Old
This type of tree wins the title of the longest living species in the world. It is located at an altitude of almost 3,000 meters in the famous Californian mountains. It was discovered by Edmund Shulman, a New York scholar who dedicated his entire life to researching the oldest living trees on our planet.
2) Llangernnyw Yew, 4000 – 5000 Years Old
The first-rate in our ranking has a perimeter of 10.75 meters at ground level. It is one of the 50 most essential trees in Great Britain. It is located near the village from which it takes its name and thanks to its presence the influx of tourists is assured. Its fame is also due to a legend: A ghost that wanders under the branches of the tree on Halloween night and announces the names of the inhabitants who will die within the year.
3) Methuselah, 4848 Years Old
You can visit this extraordinary pine tree in the California National Forest at an altitude of 3,000 meters. Until 2012, it was the gold medal for the oldest tree globally, when a group of scholars discovered another pine that could record an even more significant history.
4) Grand Abuelo, 3646 Years Old
This beautiful cypress is kept in the Alerce Costero National Park. It has a circumference of 5 meters, but its height is Guinness: 70 meters separate the ground from the tree’s top. It belongs to the Patagonian cypress family, the largest species in South America. The name of the species was invented in honor of the British commander Robert Fritzroy, who received Charles Darwin during his expedition to America. An experience that would then lead the scientist to formulate his famous theses about the species’ origin.
5) Patriarch of the Forest, 3000 Years Old
This Caribbean species also has many ancient specimens on earth. But the grandeur of the ‘Patriarch’ is already apparent from the name chosen for him by his faithful scholars. It is a kind of woody plant that lives in Brazil, Venezuela, and even Madagascar. Due to its natural composition, this species is exploited to obtain highly resistant woody material. It is becoming increasingly challenging to find long-lived specimens due to deforestation that has passed the point of “no return,” especially in Brazil.
6) The Pine Tree of Serra Rochosa, 2459 Years Old
Here is another species that is more resistant to the passage of time! These are medium pine trees, typical of Colorado and New Mexico, but also of Arizona. The Rocky Mountain specimen is 2459 years old! It lives in cold and dry weather at very high altitudes. We find these beautiful pines in segments of rocky land.
7) Bennet Juniper, 2200 Years Old
This millennial tree is part of the ‘western’ species and is considered the oldest and largest of its kind globally. In the United States, this type of shrub is so widespread that different species exist.
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