10 Oldest Trees in the World

INDONEWTRAVEL.COM - Trees are silent witnesses of human history and civilization from time to time. Not without reason, because some trees have a very long life and some of them are considered the oldest trees on earth.

Trees are one of the organisms on earth that have a strong ability to survive. Even though one part of the tree dies, this organism is still able to thrive and defend against parasites and bacteria that attack it.

The following is a list of the oldest trees in the world compiled from various sources.

1. | Jomon Sugi Tree, Yakushima, Japan

These Jomon Sugi trees are believed to be between 2,500 to 7,000 years old. Some theories and argue that the age of the oldest tree in Japan has reached about 5,000 years. This is based on the number of holes and protrusions in this tree.

Jomon Sugi has a trunk circumference of 16.1 meters and grows to a height of up to 30 meters. In order to maintain its sustainability, the manager provides a wooden deck to view this tree from a distance of 10 meters. By local residents, this tree has spiritual power and is used as a symbol of the island of Yakushima.

2. | Hundred Horse Chestnut Tree, Italy

This tree that grows on Mount Etna, Italy has an age of 2,000 to 3,000 years. According to local legend, this tree was once used to shelter 100 knights on horseback when caught in a storm.

3. | Sri Maha Bodhi Jaya Tree, Sri Lanka

The oldest tree in Sri Lanka is located in Mahamewna park. According to information, this tree was planted in 288 BC and is currently more than 2,300 years old. Folklore says that this tree is the place where Buddha attained enlightenment. To maintain its sustainability, since 2014 the Sri Lankan government has banned construction within 500 meters of the tree growing location.

4. | The President's Tree, United States of America

This old tree is a silent witness to history and has become the pride of the people of the United States. This tree is 3,200 years old and grows in Sequoia National Park. The tree, which grows to a height of 75 meters and a trunk width of 8.2 meters, is the second largest tree in the United States.

5. | El-Gran Abuelo Tree, Chile

The oldest tree in Chile, which comes from the Patagonien Cypress family, grows in Costero National Park, Andes Mountains. His age, which has reached more than 3,600, has become an important asset for Chile.

6. | Sarv-e Abarkuh tree, Yazd, Iran

This tree is the oldest tree in Asia. Reportedly, this tree has been growing since the Bronze Age and is currently 4,000 to 5,000 years old. With a height of 25 meters and a width of 18 meters, this tree looks shady compared to other trees. Local legend believes that this tree was planted by Zoroastrians in 2000 BC.

7. | Llangernyw Yew Tree, North Wales

This tree is 4,000 to 5,000 years old. However, according to new reports, the roots of the oldest tree in Wales have disappeared, leaving only large branches. This tree is in the grounds of the church and according to local stories became the place of an ancient spirit named “Angelystor”.

8. | Mathuselah Tree, California, USA

This tree in the Inyo National Forest is thought to be more than 4,800 years old. The name of this tree is taken from a Bible character named Methuslah who is the son of Henoch and Noah's grandfather.

9. | The Sisters Tree, Lebanon

Although the tree that is the symbol of the state of Lebanon is the cedar tree, in this country we can also find the oldest tree in the world. These 16 olive trees are known as "the sisters olive tree of noah". Its age is estimated to have reached 5,000 to 6,000 years.

10. | Old Tjikko Tree, Sweden

This tree is considered the oldest tree in the world which has reached 9,500 years. Researchers discovered this tree in 2004 in the thickets of a Swedish mountain forest at an altitude of 910 meters above sea level. Although this tree is only 4 meters high, based on research on tree roots, it turns out that the Old Tjikko tree has been named the oldest tree today.

The Oldest Tree in Indonesia

Indonesia is a country with abundant flora and fauna. One of them is the discovery of the oldest and largest ironwood tree in East Kalimantan.

The ironwood tree with a diameter of 2.47 meters and a height of 20 meters is estimated to be more than 1,000 years old and still standing strong. This tree was first discovered in the depths of the forests of East Kalimantan in 1993 when Sarjo (a forest ranger in the Kutai National Park) accompanied a Japanese researcher, Putunaka Watanabe from Kyoto University.

This statement was strengthened by Prof. Nengah Wirawan from Hasanudin University stated that this ironwood tree is the oldest ironwood species in the world and in general it is the oldest tree in Indonesia.

Ironically, tourist visits to see this natural wonder are dominated by foreign tourists, such as Japan, England, Hungary, Germany, Canada to the United States.

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