Top 10 Oldest Trees in the World

Most of the found oldest trees are classified as different types of pine trees which are capable of surviving thousands of years. Trees are thought to be the longest-lived living organisms on Earth. However, trees which move some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity, and some scarce see nature at all. We have found Top 10 Oldest Trees in the World.

Though trees seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do, if only they could scream out loud we would be so cavalier about cutting them down, would you be? We might be if they scream all the time for no good reason. So, as the stewardesses of the Earth, we should know our responsibilities and long live things that may let us live long.

10. Jardine Juniper

Jardine JuniperSource and image: en.wikimedia.org

It is species of juniper trees which are native to Canada, British Columbia and Alberta. The tree reaches up to 1.5 to 4.5 metre tall with a trunk which reaches up to 300 millimetres in diameter. This was found in Utah ageing over 1500 years. It grows at altitudes of 500 to 2700 metres on dry soils, often together with other juniper species.

The Jardine Juniper is found within Logan Canyon in the Cache National Forest. It was discovered by Maurice Blood Linford in 1923, and its name was derived from the USAC alumnus and former US Secretary of Agriculture William Marion Jardine.


9. Coast Redwood

Coast RedwoodSource and image: en.wikimedia.org

This long-lived and evergreen tree is the only living species in the cypress family, Cupressaceae. It was found living at its more than 1,800th year whereas they were classified among the oldest and tallest living trees on Earth. The tree reaches up to 379 feet in height and 29.2 feet in diameter at breast height.

Its bark can be very thick that it measures 1 foot and quite soft and fibrous. Its genetic makeup is unusual among conifers, being hexaploid and possibly allopolyploid. Both of its mitochondrial and chloroplast genomes of the redwood are paternally inherited.


8. Subalpine Larch

Subalpine LarchSource and image: en.wikimedia.org

The alpine larch lives in places with very high altitudes in the Rocky Mountains of Idaho, Montana, British Columbia and Alberta. It is a coniferous tree which can grow in a variety of soils and with or without shade, as long as the soil is moist but well-drained. This tree grows from 33 to 82 feet in height and shorter at higher elevations.

The tree is also one of the oldest living trees which were found 1942 years old, the oldest tree which bristlecone in Canada. The Subalpine Larch is also called Larix lyallii which can grow in very low temperature in thin rocky soils. But it can grow in various soils with or without shade as long as the soil is moist yet well-drained.


7. Limber Pine

Limber PineSource and image: en.wikimedia.org

This species belonging to the family Pinaceae is also called Rocky Mountain White Pine. The oldest found tree of the said species is said to be over 2000 years old. The tree is located in the subalpine areas of the Rocky Mountains from Southwest Alberta Canada and in California too. In favourable conditions, it makes a tree reach up to 66 feet, rarely 82 feet tall.

However, on the exposed tree line site conditions, mature trees of this species only reaches a height of 16 feet to 33 feet. The Pinus flexilis grows in the mountains of the Western United State, Mexico and Canada.


6. Foxtail Pine

Foxtail PineSource and image: en.wikimedia.org

It is a rare pine which is endemic to California. This tree reaches up to 33 to 66 feet in height and 7 feet in trunk diameter. The highest proven age of the species which is found in the Sierra Nevada is 2110 years. In the Klamath Mountains, the oldest discovered species of this tree is about 1000 years. However, these species are limited in the areas around the Sierra Nevada.

Foxtail pine carries its scientific name of Pinus balfouriana. The two disjunctions are found in the Klamath Mountains and the southern Sierra Nevada. It is closely related to the bristlecone pines.


5. Rocky Mountains

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This medium sized tree is a species of pine which are native to the United States. This species is found in the rocky mountains of Colorado and the Northern New Mexico. It reaches 5 to 15 meter tall, and its trunk diameter is up to 5 meters. It also has it’s informal and regional names such as foxtail and or hickory pine. It was found in 1992 ageing over 2,435 years old.


4. Bennett Juniper

Bennett JuniperSource and image: en.wikimedia.org

This tree is native to the United States growing in the mountains. This tree was found in the Stanislaus National Forest in California and was the largest example of a Western Juniper Tree and also the oldest of its species at 3000 years of age. It measures 26 meters in height and 3.88 meters in diameter.

The Bennett Juniper is the largest known juniper tree in America. Originally, the tree was considered to be a western juniper which was called Juniperus occidentalis. It grows in an open area in an 8,400 elevation just off the top of the ridge line.


3. Giant Sequoia

Giant SequoiaSource and image: en.wikimedia.org

Aside from being listed as one of the world’s oldest trees, it is also the world’s largest single trees and most important living thing by volume. Its average growth ranges from 50 to 85 meter tall and 6 to 8 meter in diameter. The oldest Giant Sequoia tree bristlecone at 3500 years old. This tree’s bark is fibrous, furrowed and 3 feet thick at the base of the columnar trunk.

The bark of the tree provides a significant fire protection for the tree. This tree regenerates by seed, and the large tree of this type produces about 11,000 cones which come greater out in the upper portion of canopy.


2. Patagonian cypress

Patagonian cypressSource and image: en.wikimedia.org

This specie is endemic to Southern Chile and Argentina. It was discovered in 1993 as one of the oldest trees on earth after the bristle cone tree, at the age of 3622. The tree is also the largest tree species in South America with its average growth at about 40 to 60 meter tall, but in Argentina, this tree species grows more than 70 meters tall and up to 5 meters in trunk diameter. Also, in the earlier centuries, the tree’s wood was the principal means of exchange in the trade with Peru and even came to be used as a local currency.


1. Methuselah

MethuselahSource and image: en.wikimedia.org

It is a bristle cone pine tree which is found in the white mountains of California. It was discovered in 2012. The tree was known to be about more than 5,000 years old and was thought to be the oldest non-clonal tree in the world.  Its exact location and identity are kept as a secret for its protection.

It is a Great Basin bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) tree growing high in the White Mountains of Inyo County in eastern California. It was the world’s oldest known living non-clonal organism until outdated by the discovery in 2012 of another bristlecone pine in the same area ageing 5,065 years.

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