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What are the world’s 5 oldest trees?

Have you ever wondered how old the world’s oldest tree would be? Considering the world has around 3.04 TRILLION trees on it, you’d think that a few of them would be pretty old right?

But how old?

100 years? 1,000 years? 5,000 years? 10,000 years?

Keep reading and we reveal the world’s 5 oldest trees!


Located amidst the South American Andes you’ll be able to find one of the world’s oldest trees. The Alerce is a type of tree that is common to find in the Andes, however scientists are struggling to record the ages of these majestic structures due to the fact that each year more and more are being logged. The oldest recorded Alerce is estimated to be 3,646 years old. Scientists still believe that even older ones would be out there.

Llangernyw Yew

Planted in the prehistoric Bronze Age, this 4,000 old yew can be found in the backyard of a local church in north Wales. The amazing thing about this yew is that despite its age, the tree still continues to grow and doesn’t show any signs of stopping soon.

Sarv-e Abarqu

The Sarv-e Abarqu, also know as the “Zoroastrian Sarv” is a cypress tree located in Iran. Scientists estimate this tree to be at least 4,000 years old. It’s even speculated that the Sarv-e Abarqu is the oldest living tree in Asia!


If you travel a little inland from the sunny beaches of California, you’re likely to find one of the world’s oldest living trees. It’s call Methuselah. Methuselah is an ancient bristlecone pine (4,848 years old to be precise). Now, the exact location of this ancient tree isn’t known by many. And that’s the point. The American government wish to keep this as a secret in order to help protect and allow this amazing tree to continue upon its path of freedom and growth.

So now we’re up to the oldest tree in the world. What was your guess from the start? Did you think the world’s oldest tree was going to be a few 1,000 years old? I bet you never imagined it to be 9,500 years old! AND it’s still living.

Old Tjikko

In 2004, Kullman, a professor of Physical Geography at Umeå University discovered this ancient tree growing in a forest in Sweden. It’s a Norwegian Spruce and scientists have claimed it to be the world’s oldest living tree. They say that trees have memories. Imagine the memories this old Spruce would have!

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Old Tjikko

Well, there you have it! The world’s 5 oldest trees. We hope you’ve been able to learn a thing or two about these integral structures that run our earth. And who knows, maybe in a few years time scientists will discover an even older tree!

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