Trees over 2,000 years old: centenarian records

(ORDO NEWS) —  Let’s take a look at 7 amazing trees that were born before the birth of Christ.

1. Did you know that olive trees can live for 3,350 years? An ancient example of Oliveira do Mouchão , found in Portugal, is proof that they very well can. Just imagine: Oliveira do Mouchão was a source of food long before the Roman legionaries came to these parts.

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2. Methuselah (Methuselah) is a specimen of spiny intermountain pine, which was discovered in 1953 by botanist Edmund Shulman.

The approximate age of this tree is 4,850 years. It is known that the long-liver is located in the Inyo National Forest of California. But for the sake of Methuselah’s safety, the exact location of the tree is not disclosed.

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3. Tree Gran Abuelo, or Alerce Milenario – cypress-shaped Fitzroy . The specimen is located in the Cordillera Pelada mountain range in Chile. The tree was discovered by a group of researchers in 1993. Gran Abuelo is 3,650 years old.

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4. The President is a giant sequoia that impresses not only with its age, but also with its size. This is the third largest sequoia in the world.

The age of the President is 3204 years. The specimen is located in Sequoia National Park, California. The location of the tree is accessible to tourists, so be sure to take a memorable photo when you find yourself in California.

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5. Tree CB-90-11 is a 2,464 year old bristlecone pine. Little is known about this tree: the specimen is located in Colorado, and information about CB-90-11 was first published in 1992.

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6. Ficus Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi (Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi) is the oldest tree planted by human hands. The specimen was grown from a sprout of the famous Bodhi Tree, under which Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment. Ficus Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi is considered a shrine by Buddhists. His age is 2,306 years; the tree grows in the city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

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7. Bennett Juniper is the largest juniper in America. Since the Bennett Juniper is partially hollow, the classic method of determining age from rings does not bring the desired result. Therefore, the age of the specimen is still in doubt.

In 1930, researchers estimated the age of the tree at 3,000 years. Naturalist Clarence Bennett, after whom the centenarian is named, estimates the age of Bennett Juniper at 6,000 years. In 1994, another version appeared – 2,200 years, and it is considered the closest to the truth.

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