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What are the oldest living trees in the world ?
Fitzroya is a genus in the Cupressaceae family of the Andean mountains of central Chile, where it is an important member of the Valdivian temperate forest of the Nacional Alerce Andino.
It is a species that can live for several thousand years. There are several 3000 year old trees (up to 3625 years), reaching 55 m high.
The tree in the photo is the largest and possibly the oldest Fitzroya in the park. You could see it from afar overlooking all the surrounding trees.
Llangernyw is a common yew (Taxus baccata), is found in the cemetery of St. Digain Church in the village of Llangernyw, Conwy, North Wales. Although it is very difficult to determine the age of yew trees.
The gate to the cemetery holds a certificate from the 2002 yew campaign, signed by David Bellamy, who states that « according to all the data we need to hand » the tree is dated between 4,000 and 5,000 years old.
In the mid-1990s, the church’s oil tank was in the space between the two trunk fragments; however, this was moved when we realized that the tree was old. In June 2002, the Tree Council, designated the Llangernyw Yew tree as one of the fifty great British trees in recognition of its place in the national heritage.
The age calculated for Mathusalem is 4,789 years, which means that he was born before the pyramids of Egypt and that he saw passing before him the major events in the history of humans.
Located more than 3,350 m above sea level in the White Mountains of California, the second oldest non-clonal tree in the world is located above a pine forest where the minimum age of each shrub is about 4,000 years old, and was first discovered in 1957 by the University of Arizona dendrochronologist Edmund Schulman.
the precise position of Methuselah’s whereabouts is hidden.
1) Old Tjikko, the oldest tree in the world
Old Tjikko is a 9,550-year-old common spruce (it the first oldest non-clonal tree in the world ), located on the mountain of Fulufjället in Sweden, in Dalarna County. It is 4 m high, and grows isolated at an altitude of 910 m at the foot of a mountain of 1,184 m. Discovered in 2004 by geologist Leif Kullman, professor at Umeå University
Title photo: (author: Mark Muir . Source: commons.wikimedia)
Pando is a clonal colony of trembling aspen, in Utah in the USA. it is a colony of 40 hectares, 80,000 years old, so it is the oldest living organism in the world.