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We all know that humanity is destroying the planet quicker than Mother Nature itself but despite that many natural wonders have survived for thousand years or more. Unfortunately, many of the trees were destroyed by humans themselves but many have survived.
Trees have inspired poets, scientists, warriors and priests since thousands of years. They have a significant glory in the natural world. I’d go so far to say they are the most incredible living things on earth.
Trees carry with them wisdom and a sense of grandeur. Trees have witnessed the rise and fall of many civilizations. They have been known to inspire generations upon generations.
Many wonder what are the oldest trees in the world and where are they located? To answer this question, here is a list of the top 10 oldest trees of the world.
10) Jaya Shri Maha Bodhi
This tree is 2302 years old and is also called a Sacred Fig Tree. It is found in the Mahamewna Gardens of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. This tree has the significance that Lord Buddha attained enlightenment under this tree. This tree is one of the oldest human planted trees in the world. Buddhists all around the world recognize this tree as the most sacred and many of them make pilgrimage to this site every year.
9) The President Tree
In the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park in California USA resides this majestic sequoia tree which is around 3200 years old. The President is not one of the tallest trees but when ranked by the volume of the trunk, this tree is ranked as the third largest in the world. The tree symbolism says that the sequoia signifies longevity of life and living your dreams.
8) Gran Abuelo
This ‘Great Grandfather Tree’ is found at Alerce Costero National Park which is located in Los Rios, Chile. The remains on the site of Monte Verde suggest that around 13,000 years ago tools and weapons were made from this tree. These trees also became an important source of timber and currency during the Conquest of South America. Today it is illegal to log them and they are protected by the government.
This tree can be found in Inyo County, California USA. It is around 4847 years old and is the lone standing tree in the world.
6) Old Hara
This tree is around 5065 years old and was found around 100 kilometres away from the Methusela in 2012. It is also one of the oldest non-clonal trees in the world.
5) Old Huon Pine
These trees are 3,000-10,000 years old. They are found in Mount Read, Tasmania, Australia. Other individual trees are 3,000 years old. However, the clonal grove to which these trees belong to is 10,000 years old.
4) Old Rasmus
This tree, being 9,500 years old, is found in Harjedalen, Sweden. It is the province of Sweden that originally belongs to Norway. However, it was ceded to Sweden in 1645. This tree is named after the dog of the scientist who discovered the tree.
3) Old Tjikko
Norway Spruce found in Fulufjallet National Park, Dalama, Sweden. It is 9,550 years old and is around the same age as Old Ramus. Carbon dating makes it difficult to analyze which one is older between the two. At the moment, however, it feels that Old Tjikko is older. This tree was also named after the dog that was in the team that did the research field work regarding the age of these trees.
2) Jurupa Oak
A clonal tree, Palmer Oak, was found in the Jurupa Mountains of California, Usa. This oak tree is 13,000 years old. At first they were overlooked and thought to be an isolated grove of trees. That is until scientists looked more closely at the trees and discovered that they were clonal trees not fertile acorns.
This giant is 80,000-1,000,000 years old. This is found in Fishlake National Forest, Utah, USA. The area over which this tree is stretched is around 107 acres and has over 47,000 stems. It is so heavy that it is the heaviest organism in the world with the weight of just over 6000 tonnes making it not only the oldest but also the heaviest tree in the world.