Up until 2012, one of the oldest trees in the world was a Cypress tree located in Central Florida. It lived to be some 3,500 years old before it burned down. The tree was 118 feet tall and was known as The Senator. It survived disease, logging, hurricanes and more, before it was burned down by arson.
In Sweden you will find Old Tjikko, a tree that is roughly 9,550 years old. It is a 16 foot tall Spruce that is regarded as the oldest tree in the world. The tree itself doesn’t look like much, but its root system speaks volumes to its history. The tree was named after the dog belonging to the geologist who found the tree, Leif Kullman.
In California you will find Methuselah, a bristlecone pine found in the White Mountains. This tree is thought to be around 5,000 years old, making it the world’s oldest non-clonal tree. The tree is closely guarded and kept a secret by the Forest Service to make sure that it is not burned down. A slightly older tree in the same general area was felled in 1964 because a scientist didn’t realize how old it really was, making it that much more important to keep Methuselah safe.
In North Wales you’ll find Llangernyw, a 4,000-year-old Yew tree that can be found in a churchyard. This tree has been honored as one of the 50 Great British Trees.
These are just some of the greatest, oldest and most amazing trees in the world. There are some truly stunning trees in the world, but many are lost due to disease and damage from natural disasters through the years. If you have trees that you want to see live to these ripe old ages, call Tree Squad to make sure your trees are being cared for properly.