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Top 10 oldest living trees in the world

No other living thing on Earth ages like trees. Tree colonies can live up to an astonishing 80,000 years. While individual trees don't live that long, they can also last for thousands of years. Even in our day, where human involvement makes survival of trees significantly more difficult, there are still some ancient trees that have survived for several millennia. and more.

Top 10 oldest living trees in the world
Top 10 oldest living trees in the world

Here are the 10 oldest living trees in the world. The ranking only recognizes individual trees that are alive and whose age has been officially and scientifically confirmed.


TOP 10 OLDEST LIVING PLANT IN THE WORLD:

5.069 years old


4.851 years old


3.648 years old


2.625 years old


2.462 years old


2.305 years old


2.201 years old


2.111 years old


2.089 years old


1.945 years old




10 oldest living trees in the world


1. Old Hara

5.069 years old

1. Old Hara 5,069 years old
1. Old Hara 5,069 years old

Location: White Mountains, California, USA

Species: Feather pine

The oldest confirmed and living tree in the world can be found in the White Mountains of California, USA. The bristle pine tree, named Old Hara, was discovered only in 2013 and is considered the first individual and non-clonal tree studied that is more than 5,000 years old.


 

4.851 years old

2. Methuselah Tree 4,851 years old
2. Methuselah Tree 4,851 years old

Location: White Mountains, California, USA

Species: Feather pine


Before the discovery of Ancient Hara, the Methuselah tree was officially known as the oldest living tree on planet Earth. It is also located in California's White Mountains, not far from Old Hara. It is also a hardy pine. The tree is named after Methuselah, the biblical figure who is said to be Noah's grandfather and who, according to the Bible, lived 969 years. It is still nearly 4,000 years shorter than the tree version.


 

3. Gran Abuelo

3.648 years old

3. Gran Abuelo 3,648 years old
3. Gran Abuelo 3,648 years old

Location: Cordillera Pelada, Los Rios, Chile

Species: Fitzroya Cypress


Living and growing for more than 3,600 years, Gran Abuelo ("Great-grandfather") is the oldest known tree outside the United States. It is located in the Cordillera Pelada mountain range in the Los Rios region of Chile. The tree is a Fitzroya cypress and is therefore also the oldest living non-pine tree in the world.


 

4. BLK227

2.625 years old

4. BLK227 2,625 years old
4. BLK227 2,625 years old

Location: Black River, North Carolina, USA

Species: Bald Cypress

The fourth oldest known tree in the world was discovered only in 2019 in the Black River region of North Carolina, USA. The old tree is a bald cypress and is more than 2,600 years old. Currently, the tree has not been given a precise name and is therefore still referred to as BLK227.


 

5. CB-90-11

2.462 years old


Location: Rocky Mountains, Colorado, USA

Species: Bristlecone Pine


The fifth oldest and living treeless tree known is another hardy pine. However, CB-90-11 does not grow in the White Mountains of California, but in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA. The pine tree is over 2,400 years old and with that impressive age closes the Top 5 of the oldest known living trees on our planet.


 

6. Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

2.305 years old


Location: Anuradhapura, North Central Province, Sri Lanka

Species: Sacred Fig


 

7. Benett Juniper

2.201 years old


Location: Sierra Nevada, California, USA

Species: Western Juniper


 

8. SHP 7

2.111 years old


Location: Sierra Nevada, California, USA

Species: foxtail pine


 

9. BLK232

2.089 years old


Location: Black River, North Carolina, USA

Species: Bald Cypress


 

10. Tree without a name

1.945 years old


Location: Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Species: Subalpine Larch


 


10 oldest living trees in the world

(as of October 2009)


TOP 10 LONGEST LIVING PLANT IN THE WORLD:

1. OLD HARA

White Mountains, California, USA

5.069 years old


2. METHUSELAH TREE

White Mountains, California, USA

4.851 years old


3. GRAN ABUELO

Cordillera Pelada, Los Rios, Chile

3.648 years old


4. BLK227

Black River, North Carolina, USA

2.625 years old


5. CB-90-11

Rocky Mountains, Colorado, USA

2.462 years old


6. JAYA SRI MAHA BODHI

Anuradhapura, North Central Province, Sri Lanka

2.305 years old


7. BENETT JUNIPER

Sierra Nevada, California, USA

2.201 years old


8. SHP 7

Sierra Nevada, California, USA

2.111 years old


9. BLK232

Black River, North Carolina, USA

2.089 years old


10. Tree without a name

Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

1,945 years old


 

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