Swedish Spruce – The Oldest Known Living Tree

The oldest tree – a cluster of Norway Spruce found in April 2008 on a mountain top between Sweden and Norway, aged from 4500 up to 8000 years using carbon dating method.

Norway Spruce (Picea abies) is a species of spruce native to Europe.
Methuselah – a bristlecone pine in the White Mountains of California, was the oldest known living tree.

Now, scientists have found a cluster of spruce in the mountains in western Sweden which, at an age of 8,000 years, may be the world’s oldest living trees.

According to wikipedia:

Norway Spruce (Picea abies) is a species of spruce native to Europe.

It is a large evergreen coniferous tree growing to 35-55 m tall and with a trunk diameter of up to 1-1.5 m. The shoots are orange-brown and glabrous (hairless). The leaves are needle-like, 12-24 mm long, quadrangular in cross-section (not flattened), and dark green on all four sides with inconspicuous stomatal lines. The cones are 9-17 cm long (the longest of any spruce), and have bluntly to sharply triangular-pointed scale tips. They are green or reddish, maturing brown 5-7 months after pollination. The seeds are black, 4-5 mm long, with a pale brown 15 mm wing.

It grows throughout northeast Europe from Norway and Poland eastward, and also in the mountains of central Europe, southwest to the western end of the Alps, and southeast in the Carpathians and Balkans to the extreme north of Greece.

=> Swedish spruce may be world’s oldest living tree

Oldest Tree List

Oldest trees (“oldest” by region or species), listed by age.

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