This week Nottingham’s Major Oak was voted tree of the year. It is purported to be over a thousand years old. However, it’s not the oldest tree in the world, not even the oldest in the UK. But fear not, I’m going to tell you what is.
4000 years old, Abarkooh, Abadeh-Iran
1000 year old Baobab, Madagascar
The Tule Tree, or El Árbol del Tule, is a Montezuma cypress tree on the grounds of a church in Santa María del Tule in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. It measures more than 119 feet around but is only 116 feet high (To put that in perspective, the General Sherman is 275 feet high and 102 feet around). It’s believed that the tree is about 2,000 years old.
The oldest known olive tree on Earth, with a tree ring age of at least 2,000 years. Carbon daters have estimated it to be about 4,000 years old, and it still produces tasty olives today. It is 15 feet thick at the base, is not particularly tall, as olive trees go, but is, quite literally, gnarly. Totally gnarly. The trunk is magnificently swirled, knotted, and bulbous. This one may be the tree Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD) wrote of when mentioning a sacred Greek olive tree 1,600 years old.
The Crowhurst Yew in Surrey. The door was in place before 1850. Thought to be up to 4000 years old.
Best til last…Old Tjikko – the Oldest Tree in the World (9,550 Years Old) The oldest individual clonal tree in the world is believed to be 9,550 years old (carbon-dated)! This Norway Spruce is located on the Fulufjället Mountain of Dalarna province in Sweden and was discovered by a professor of Physical Geography, Leif Kullman. The tree has been nicknamed “Old Tjikko” after his dog.