A 5,062 years old P. longaeva located in the White Mountains near the previous record holder, Methuselah, a 4,845-year-old tree of the same species. There is also an almost complete list of very old tree in Wikipedia which was gave me interest to visit some of those old tree. I guess I want to hug those trees which are geographically closer to me.
The tree I have mentioned was the oldest verified tree, maybe there is an older tree in Malaysia because it have one of the oldest rainforest on earth which is (disputed) 130+ Million years old. The claim of oldest forest are mostly very hard to verify, so I’m not going to waste my time debating which forest is more ancient than the others.
Yet, clonal trees which was like dead then replaced by its clone — sometimes — via its root system. All of them are genetically identical clones which populated an area through vegetative reproduction. The oldest one gone to Pando, an estimated 80,000 years old clonal colony of a single male quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides).
Pando is located 1 mile (1.6 km) southwest of Fish Lake on Utah’s Route 25, in the Fremont River Ranger District of the Fishlake National Forest, at the western edge of the Colorado Plateau in south-central Utah, United States. The clonal colony encompasses 43 hectares (106 acres), weighs nearly 6,000 metric tons (6,600 short tons), and has over 40,000 stems (trunks), which die individually and are replaced by new stems growing from its roots. The average age of Pando’s stems is 130 years, as indicated by tree rings. The roots are 80,000 years old.
Yet most on the Internet would confuse Old Tjikko, a spruce tree in Sweden that is about 9550 years old as the oldest one. It is actually another old clonal tree which was dead and replaced by a clone of the previously dead tree.
Its nice to know and share lots of stuff on the Internet. Enjoy your weekends.