The Great Basin Bristlecone Pine (Pinus Longaeva) has been deemed the oldest tree in existence, reaching an age of over 5,000 years old. The Bristlecone pines' success in living a long life can be attributed to the harsh conditions it lives in.
This 16-foot tall Norway Spruce, situated in the scrubby Fulufjället Mountains of Sweden, is an incredible 9,550 years old! This is the world's oldest single-stemmed clonal tree.
the oldest tree in the world: Methuselah TREE
Methuselah is a Great Basin bristlecone pine (pinus longaeva) that is currently 4,852 years old (as of 2021). Its exact location is kept secret for its safety, but it lies somewhere amidst the aptly named Methuselah Grove in the White Mountains of eastern California.
The world's oldest tree, a 9,500-year-old Norwegian Spruce named “Old Tjikko,” after Professor Leif Kullman's Siberian husky, continues to grow in Sweden.
What is this? The zircon crystals from Australia's Jack Hills are believed to be the oldest thing ever discovered on Earth. Researchers have dated the crystals to about 4.375 billion years ago, just 165 million years after the Earth formed.
Fun fact of the day: Sharks are older than trees. The earliest species that we could classify as “tree,” the now-extinct Archaeopteris, lived around 350 million years ago, in forests where the Sahara desert is now.
In 1964, Donal Rusk Currey killed the oldest tree ever. To this day, there has still never been an older tree discovered. The tree was a Great Basin bristlecone pine, and Currey didn't meant to kill it. It was an accident, and one he didn't really understand the ramifications of until he started counting rings.
The oldest of these near prehistoric pines is a tree nicknamed Methuselah (after Methuselah, the longest-lived person in the Bible). Methuselah is located in the Inyo National Forest and sits in a remote area between California's Sierra Nevada range and the Nevada border.
1 While Methuselah still stands as of 2016 at the ripe old age of 4,848 in the White Mountains of California, in Inyo National Forest, another bristlecone pine in the area was discovered to be over 5,000 years old.
Methuselah lived until the ark was built, but died before the flood, since God had promised he would not be killed with the unrighteous. The Sefer haYashar gives Methuselah's age at death as 960.
Still Alive: Yes
Since Prometheus is dead, Methuselah is the oldest living bristlecone in the United States. Methuselah is currently about 4,852 years old and is still kicking.
The Paulownia may currently be the world's most valuable sustainably harvested hardwood tree. A single 12-foot log can easily bring three thousand dollars. Paulownia lumber is resistant to fire, with a combustion point nearly twice that of other lumber.
The Methuselah Grove is specifically located in the Schulman Grove, which is a few miles up the road past the campground. The area is generally open from mid-May through the end of November, weather permitting. You'll park at the Schulman Grove Visitors Center and start the 4.5 mile loop hike from there.
For one thing, the exact locations of the Methuselah tree and the older, unnamed tree are kept secret. You can, however, visit the Bristlecone Pine Forest and even Patriarch Grove, where you can see the Patriarch Tree — the world's largest Bristlecone pine tree.
The age immediately prior to the dinosaurs was called the Permian. Although there were amphibious reptiles, early versions of the dinosaurs, the dominant life form was the trilobite, visually somewhere between a wood louse and an armadillo. In their heyday there were 15,000 kinds of trilobite.
As a group, sharks have been around for at least 420 million years, meaning they have survived four of the “big five” mass extinctions. That makes them older than humanity, older than Mount Everest, older than dinosaurs, older even than trees. It is possible that sharks just got lucky in the lottery of life.
Today's sharks are descended from relatives that swam alongside dinosaurs in prehistoric times. In fact, the largest predator of all time was a shark called a Megalodon. It lived just after the dinosaurs, 23 million years ago, and only went extinct 2.6 million years ago.
The Methuselah tree is so well protected as the oldest tree in the world that its location has remained unknown to the public since its discovery in 1957.
After the death of Prometheus, the oldest known living tree was a 4,847 year old bristlecone pine found in the White Mountains of California. It wasn't until 2012 when another bristlecone from the same area proved to be 5,065 years old.
Generally acknowledged as the hardest wood, lignum vitae (Guaiacum sanctum and Guaiacum officinale) measures in at 4,500 pounds-force (lbf) on the Janka scale.
more valuable than gold and diamonds
Agarwood is the rarest and most expensive wood sold in the world. According to a Business Insider report, a kg of agarwood wood can cost up to $100,000 or Rs 73,00,000.
Agar Wood. Agarwood is famous for the tea, oil, and perfume that it produces. It's hefty price tag is thanks to its incredibly high demand and extreme rarity – it's one of the rarest trees in the world.
Edmund Schulman preparing to take an increment bore from an ancient bristlecone pine. Bristlecone pines grow in isolated groves at or just below the tree line on the California-Nevada border, an area subjected to cold temperatures, dry soils, high winds, and short growing seasons.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks boast many of the world's largest trees by volume. The General Sherman Tree is the largest in the world at 52,508 cubic feet (1,487 cubic meters).