Many trees can be considered a living historical record. They store important information about past climates hidden within the tree trunk. So, which one is the world’s oldest tree?
The really old ones can store generations of data about our Planet Earth and the climatic changes that have occurred over time.
These are the most ancient as discovered by scientists and scholars to date.
Who knows what other pre-historic living trees may be out there.
Only time will tell.
Oldest Tree in the World
Old Tjikko (Sweden)
Sweden currently lays claim to having the oldest living tree within its country. Old Tjikko is about 9,550 years old and still aging. The aged part of this Norway spruce tree is its root system. This is a ‘clonal tree’, so the exterior that we see is newer than its ancient roots.
It is thought by some scholars, that the range of spruce trees, where Old Tjikko is located, may have been the result of Mesolithic humans importing the tree roots after the last Ice Age, as they moved back northward.
Methuselah (California Great Basin)
This is a bristlecone pine tree (Pinus longaeva) from the California Great Basin and is thought to be over 4,845 year old. For a while, many thought it was the oldest. With a name like Methuselah, it has to be old, right? Ancient Bristlecone pines have been around for a very long time.
Exact dating of a tree’s age can be a complicated science to say the least. But it is safe to say that these two specimens have been on Planet Earth for a very long time, and have seen a lot of change over time.
We hope this has answered your question about the world’s oldest tree.