The world has several old trees of different sizes and species. The age of trees is determined mainly by counting the rings in their trunks and these days carbon dating is the most popular and perfect way of counting the treeâs age. It is tough to determine the exact age of very old trees because their center is not present making it tough for us to determine the exact age. Here is the list of 10 oldest trees in the world:
1. Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
This sacred tree is located in Sri Lanka and it is one of the world’s oldest tree. It is believed that the sapling for this tree came from the historical Bodhi tree which is in India. This tree is regarded by many as oldest tree in the world because it was planted in 288 BC. The tree is planted on 6.5 meter high terrace and is surrounded by railings. This tree is sacred for the Buddhists. The three is surrounded by a wall constructed by King Kirthi Sri Rajasingha.
2. Pando or The Trembling Giant
Located in Utah, US, the Pando also known as The Trembling Giant is Quaking Aspenâs clonal colony. This tree is one of the oldest trees in the world. Its root system is very deep and massive. Weighing around 6,600 short tons, the Panda is easily the heaviest organism on earth. This tree is located in the Fishlake National Forest at the western edge of the Colorado Plateau in Utah. “Pando” is a Latin word which means “I spread” in English.
Located in Floridaâs Big Tree Park, The Senator is worldâs oldest pond cypress tree. The tree is 38 meters tall and the diameter of its trunk is 5.3 meters. The tree attracts many visitors to the park every year because it is one of the oldest trees in the world. Senator M.O. Overstreet donated the tree to Seminole County in 1927 and the tree was named Senator to honor Overstreet. In 1993, it was announced that the Senator was 3,400-3,500 years old.
4. Llangernyw Yew
Located at Llangernyw village in North Wales, the Llangernyw Yew is one of the oldest trees in the world. The core part of this ancient tree is not present anymore and the here has many offshoots. At ground level, the treeâs girth is 10.75 m. It is believed that the tree is around 5,000 years old. This tree is a non-clonal colony. It is believed that this tree was planted in Bronze Age.
5. Angel Oak
Located in South Carolinaâs Angel Oak Park, the Angel Oak is one of worldâs oldest trees believed to be around 1500 years old. The height of this tree is 20 meters and its girth is of 8.5 meters. The crown of this tree shades around 17,000 square feet. The length of the longest limb of this tree is 32 meters.
6. Hundred Horse Chestnut
Located on Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy, the Hundred Horse Chestnut is worldâs oldest chestnut tree. This tree is just 8 km away from the crater of a volcano. It is believed that this tree is around 4,000 years old, claims botanist Bruno Peyronel. In 1780, the girth of this tree was 57.9 meters.
7. Jomon Sugi
JÅmon Sugi, one of the worldâs oldest trees, is located on a UNESCO World Heritage Site Yakushima in Japan. This cryptomeria tree is believed to be around 2,000 years old. Some claims that this tree is over 6,000 years old. The JÅmon Sugi is 25.3 meters high and its volume is around 300 m3. This tree was discovered in 1968.
8. Arbol del Tule
El Ãrbol del Tule, a Montezuma Cypress, is one of the oldest tree in the world. This tree has worldâs stoutest trunk. UNESCO placed this tree on its tentative list of World Heritage Sites in 2001. The circumference of the trunk of this tree was measured in 2005and at that time it was 36.2 meters. The tree is also known as the âTree of Lifeâ.
9. Cariniana legalis
Cariniana legalis is found in south-eastern parts of Brazil. This tree is a plant of Lecythidaceae family. This tree is one of the oldest and the biggest trees in the Atlantic Forest. The Cariniana legalis is facing danger of extinction due to habitat loss.
10. Olive tree of Vouves
Found in Greece, the Olive tree of Vouves is worldâs oldest olive tree. This tree is believed to be around 2000 years old but it still produces olives. The University of Creteâs scientists believe that this tree is 4,000 years old. The perimeter of the trunk of this tree 12.5 m and its diameter is 4.6 m.