Many ancient trees have a longer life span than human civilization, surviving many geological and climate changes on Earth.
For plants, life can stretch out many times that of animals. Trees often live for hundreds of years, with some truly ancient specimens standing sentry for millennia.
10 trees that are older than even human civilization
According to the Mother Nature Network, Methuselah pine grows in the White Mountains, California, USA, is known as the oldest tree in the world, with a life span of about 4,841 years. The exact location of the tree is kept secret to avoid the encroachment of people.
The Sarv-e Abarqu, or Zoroastrian Sarv, is a cypress in Yazd Province, Iran. The tree is at least 4,000 years old, very close to the time of human civilization. The Sarv-e Abarqu tree is considered a national monument in Iran, and is the oldest living creature in Asia.
This is a yew tree growing in a small church, in the village of Llangernyw, in northern Wales. The tree is about 4,000 years old, dating from the Bronze Age and up to now. In 2002, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the throne of Queen Elizabeth II, the yew tree was named one of the 50 greatest ancient trees in England.
Alerce is the common name for the towering Fitzroya cupressoides tree, native to the Andes. Researchers have almost no way of determining how many years this tree can survive, as most of them were cut down for timber in the 19th and 20th centuries. Many botanists believe Alerce is a species. the second oldest tree on Earth, after Bristlecone pine in North America. The oldest known Alerce tree has a life span of about 3,640 years.
The Senator tree in Florida is the largest cypress in the United States. Experts estimate that this ancient tree is about 3,500 years old.
Patriarca da Floresta, Cariniana legalis, grows in Brazil is estimated to be 3,000 years old. Although this ancient tree is considered a sacred object, trees of the same species are seriously threatened by deforestation in Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela.
Vouves olive tree grows on Crete, Greece is one of the 7 olive trees with the longest life in the Mediterranean. According to estimates by scientists, the tree is more than 3,000 years old but is still living healthy, resistant to drought, pests and fire.
Jōmon Sugi grows in Yakushima, Japan, the oldest and largest willow tree on the island. It is estimated that the Jōmon Sugi tree appeared on Earth at least 2,000 years ago. Some experts believe this tree is more than 5,000 years old, the oldest living tree in the world.
General Sherman is a conifer in Sequoia National Park, California, USA, about 2,500 years old. The largest branch of the tree was broken in 2006, partially breaking the surrounding fence and concaving the walking sidewalk.
The world’s largest and oldest chestnut tree grows on the volcano Etna, Sicily, Italy. The age of the tree is estimated at 2,000 – 4,000 years. This chestnut tree is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the tree with the largest circumference in the world, 58 m.