10 Oldest Trees In The World And Where To Find Them

Waquar Habib

Methuselah, USA

Methuselah is a Great Basin bristlecone pine over 4,800 years old and considered one of the oldest living trees on Earth. The tree's location is kept confidential to safeguard it, but it is situated in the White Mountains of eastern California.

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Sarv-e Abarqu, Iran

The Zoroastrian Sarv, a sacred cypress tree in Zoroastrianism, is located in the Yakhyeon Valley, Yazd Province, and is about 4,000 years old.

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Llangernyw Yew, Wales

This ancient yew tree is estimated to be 4,000 to 5,000 years old. It can be found in the churchyard of St. Digain's Church in Llangernyw, Conwy. The tree's girth is massive, and it is widely regarded as one of the oldest living organisms in Europe.

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Patriarca, Brazil

The Patriarca da Floresta is a 3,000-year-old Cariniana legalis tree in Brazil, considered the oldest non-conifer there. It's sacred to Brazilian conservationists due to the threat of deforestation in Brazil, Venezuela, and Colombia.

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Pando, USA

Pando is a group of quaking aspen trees in Utah that share a single root system. While the trees may not be that old, the interconnected root system has been alive for approximately 80,000 years, making it one of the oldest living organisms on Earth.

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Gran Abuelo, Chile

Gran Abuelo is a Fitzroya cupressoides tree located in Alerce Costero National Park, Chile. It's over 3,622 years old and one of the oldest known living trees in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Prometheus II, USA

Prometheus was a Great Basin bristlecone pine tree that grew on Wheeler Peak in Nevada and lived for approximately 4,900 years until it was cut down in 1964. However, a new Prometheus II has been reared from the same grove.

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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Sri Lanka

This sacred fig tree, located in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, is said to be a descendant of the historical Bodhi tree under which Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, attained enlightenment. It is over 2,300 years old.

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Old Tjikko, Sweden

Old Tjikko is a Norway spruce that is believed to be approximately 9,558 years old, making it the oldest known clonal tree in the world. The root system has been alive for thousands of years.

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Jomon Sugi, Japan

Jomon Sugi is a Cryptomeria tree located on Yakushima Island. The tree is estimated to be around 2,170 to 7,200 years old, making it one of Japan's oldest and largest trees. Its exact age is debated, but an ancient cedar forest on the island of Yakushima surrounds it.

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