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The Top 10 Oldest Living Trees On Earth

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In the days of yore, trees were not just respected for their properties, but worshiped as well. Think about it, they take in Carbon Dioxide and Monoxide around them and breathe out oxygen, they have known to be guardians of water and can affect weather cycles, as well as conserve the soil. No wonder they are called Mother Nature’s gift to man. Some of the oldest trees are said to be the oldest living beings in the planet, with some of them close to being 5,000 years old. There are a few trees that have created more than 9,000 year old eco-systems, forming forests from one seed.

Here is a list of the oldest living, uncloned trees in the world that still stand tall and majestic

10. Kongeegen, Oak Tree

Located at: Jægerspris North Forest, Denmark

Age: 2,000 to 3,000 years old

 

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9. The President Tree, Giant Sequoia

Located at: Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park

Age: 3,200 years old

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8. Hundred Horse Chestnut Tree or The Tree of One Hundred Horses, Chestnut Tree

Located at: Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy

Age: 2000 to 4000 years old

 

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7. Olive Tree of Vouves, Olive Tree

Located at: Ano Vouves, Kolymvari, Crete, Greece

Age: Over 2,500 to 3,500 years old

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6. Jōmon Sugi, Cryptomeria Tree (Yakusugi)

Located at: Yakushima UNESCO World Heritage Site

Age: 2,170 to 7,200 years old

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5. Patriarca da Floresta, Jequitibá Rosa

Located at: Parque Estadual Vassununga, São Paulo, Brazil

Age: More than 3,000 years old

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4. Alerce Milenario , Fitzroya

Located at: Alerce Costero National Park, Chile

Age: 3,640 years old

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3. Llangernyw Yew, Yew (Taxus Baccata)

Located at: St. Dygain’s Churchyard, Llangernyw village, North Wales

Age: Around 4,000 years old

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2. Sarv-e Abarqu (Zoroastrian Sarv), Cupressus Sempervirens 

Located at: Abarkuh, Yazd Province, Iran

Age: More than 4,000 years old

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1. Methuselah, Great Basin Bristlecone Pine Tree

Located at: Inyo National Forest, White Mountains, East California, USA

Age: 4,847 years old

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As mentioned earlier, there are older trees that exist, but most of them are (natural or artificial) clones of other trees and hence cannot be considered. Some of the age estimates may vary among different researchers.

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