The oldest tree in the world is 9500 years old
The oldest tree in the world is found in Sweden. Its roots are 9,500 years old!
Looking at his photos you wouldn't think but Old Tjikko (this is his name) is the oldest tree in the world. It is found in Sweden and is a spruce. The incredible discovery of his age took place only in 2004 by a group of botanists.
Its roots have been dated using the Carbon 14 method. The result? Its age is 9500 years! In reality, the trunk is only 600 years old, only its roots have been able to overcome any climate change.
This tree is located in the Fulufjället National Park and is just 5 meters high. The secret of its longevity is called in botanical jargon the clonal propagation process: the trunk dies but the root system remains alive, giving rise to a new trunk.
Its shrunken appearance is due to the extreme conditions of the environment in which it lives. Only in recent years has it begun to take on a little more luxuriant forms, probably due to global warming in our century.