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10 Magnificent Living Trees

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This lister loves trees for their beauty, serenity and their ability to make humans look thoroughly insignificant. The next time you walk by one, you are walking by something that may have seen a substantial portion of our species’s history. They are the inspiration for tons of art, through all periods, across all genres. Here are 10 reasons why.

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Llangernyw Yew
Wales

The Llangernyw Yew Split

It is a yew tree growing in the churchyard of Llangernyw, Wales, and its core trunk died long ago, leaving its current appearance: several huge trunks having separated from the original. These trunks did not sprout after the original died (see #7), but were homogeneous sections of the original until its core died, whereupon they separated and continued to live off the same roots. Without the core, counting the tree’s rings cannot be accomplished. The trunks have a total circumference of about 33 feet.

Yew trees are extremely difficult to age, even with radio-carbon dating, and thus, their ages are usually estimates. This one is estimated to be at least 4,000 years old, and may be 5,000, making it the third oldest known, living, single organism on the Planet. It is not merely still alive; it is still getting bigger. This species of Yew grows very straight, and its wood possesses extraordinary strength, flexibility, and durability, making it the best wood, by far, for English longbows. It is generally accepted that because the Llangernyw Yew grows in a church cemetery founded about the 1200s AD, it escaped being cut down for such use throughout most of the English longbow’s storied history.

9

The Major Oak
Sherwood Forest, England

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It is believed that if there was a Robin Hood, he and his merry men took shelter under this tree, and even inside its trunk, when Sherwood Forest was much larger and easy to disappear into. It is at least 800 years old, and maybe 1,000, making its use by people of Robin Hood’s time possible. It would have already stood close to its present size by that time.

The canopy spreads to 92 feet, but its trunk is what visitors are most awed by: 33 feet in circumference. It stands about 53 feet, and its branches have been so massive as to need to be supported by posts since Victoria took the throne, lest they break off under their own weight. This would not kill the tree, but it would ruin its appearance, and thus, Great Britain has seen to its welfare.

260 of its acorns have grown into saplings, planted southwest in Dorset as a study of the Major Oak’s DNA, and what its descendants will look like.


8

The Olive Tree of Vouves
Crete

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It is 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 in his lifetime. Though the olive trees growing in the Garden of Gethsemane, in Jerusalem, have not yet been verified to date back to the time of Jesus, several are claimed to be that old, and this tree is the same species, lending great credence to the possibility.

7

Pando
Utah, USA

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Pando is Latin for “I spread.” It is not one tree. It is about 47,000 quaking aspen trees, all growing from a single root system. That root system is spread over 106 acres, is about 80,000 years old, and experts have no idea when it will die. It weighs about 6,600 tons, making it the heaviest organism of any kind known to exist in the Universe. The experts are fairly certain that it has not flowered for the last 10,000 years, thus the end of the last Ice Age. Every time a wildfire has burned down all its trees, the root system has survived underground and started anew.

Each tree lives for about 130 years, dies, and is reconstituted through the roots and becomes a new tree, elsewhere, nearby. The trees reproduce by means of suckers, which are lateral roots sent out from each trunk until they sprout out of the dirt. These trees don’t look identical, but they have an identical genetic makeup, all spreading from one root system to form a single genetic individual, called a clonal colony. In fall, the leaves change to the color of gold brick and seem to glow in the sunlight.

6

The Chestnut of a Hundred Horses
Sicily

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It grows on the eastern slopes of the very fertile Mount Etna volcanic soil, on Sicily, only 5 miles from the crater. It is estimated to be at least 2,000 years old, and very possibly as old as 4,000, making it the oldest chestnut tree ever known, and the largest. In 1780, it was a single trunk measuring 190 feet in circumference at chest-height.

It has since split into multiple trunks with empty space in the middle, but all the trunks share a single root system. Unlike #7, however, these trunks have not died. They are the same wood and branches as were seen by humans 2,000 to 4,000 years ago. This means it is at least 1,000 years older than King David of the Old Testament. The name comes from a legend that tells of a medieval queen of Aragon taking shelter under it with 100 knights, during a thunderstorm. The tree was able to cover all 101 people. Because it is the oldest known chestnut, much older than average, botanists have no idea when it will die. It is as healthy now as chestnuts that die of old age at 1,000 years.

5

General Sherman
California, USA

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Unlike #2, Gen. Sherman is only 275 feet tall. Compare that to the average oak tree, which grows to about 75 to 90 feet. General Sherman is a Giant Sequoia, not a Coast Redwood, and not even close to the tallest (see #2). What it is, however, is the most massive, non-clonal tree in the world, by volume. It has 52,513 cubic feet of wood in its trunk. This does not count branches. It is somewhere between 2,300 and 2,700 years old, which means it might have sprouted about the time the Book of Isaiah was written, before the Battle of Thermopylae.

Its largest and most famous branch broke off on its own in 2006. It was in the shape of a golf club in pictures dating before then, and the tree discarded it as a defense mechanism in adverse climate conditions. That branch was larger than most trees, 6 feet thick, over 100 feet long, and required a flatbed truck to be taken away, after it was cut up. It fell 130 feet and left a crater in the cement walkway around the tree. At chest-height from the ground, the trunk is 25 feet thick, making General Sherman 10 times thicker than the average full-grown oak.

General Sherman’s root ball covers almost 2 full acres and contains over 100,000 cubic feet of dirt. That’s more than enough to fill up an Olympic-size swimming pool, and it sprouted from a seed that weighed 1/6000th of one ounce.


4

Jomon Sugi
Japan

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It is on the north side of Miyanoura-dake, the tallest mountain on Yakoshima Island, south of Kyushu. It is a cryptomeria conifer, called sugi in Japanese, 83 feet tall, 53 feet around at the base, and like yews, carbon dating accuracy is difficult to achieve from it. Its rings have been used to give an age of at least 2,000 years. Beyond this, the sources vary dramatically, going all the way up to 7,000. The tree grows in a very rugged area, 4 to 5 hours from the nearest road, and was not even discovered to be important until 1968. In 2005, souvenir hounds cut off a 4 square inch piece of its bark. It is now viewable only from an observation deck 50 feet away and is under armed guard. It is the oldest conifer in Japan

3

The Tule Tree
Mexico

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It stands 116 feet tall on the church ground of Santa Maria del Tule, Oaxaca, Mexico, and has the distinction of having the single widest trunk of any tree known on Earth: 38.1 feet in diameter. This is stouter than any known sequoia or coast redwood. The best estimate so far of its age dates it to anywhere from 1,400 to 1,600 years old. This actually concurs with a local Zapotec legend that tells of its planting 1,400 years ago by, Ehecatl, the Aztec wind god. It is stout enough to completely cover the average American house.


2

Hyperion
California

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Hyperion is a Coast Redwood, and has the distinction of being the tallest living organism ever measured. It is 379.3 feet tall. That’s 38 stories, 100 feet taller than #5, 50 feet taller than the tallest habitable building in Washington, D. C. It grows in Redwood National Park and was not even discovered until 25 August, 2006, because all the trees around it are also redwoods, and are all gargantuan.

Like all redwoods and sequoias (very similar species), Hyperion is so enormous that it possesses its own ecosystem, with full-size pines and hemlocks growing on its branches. It is so high that if you could avoid the branches (and other trees) on the way down, BASE jumping would be no problem at all. There are no confirmed photos of it on the Internet, because scientists don’t want it disturbed or damaged by tourists. Like the Giant Sequoia, you can fit about 10 coast redwood seeds on the face of a dime.

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The Methuselah Tree
California

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It is a Bristlecone Pine Tree, named after the oldest person in the Bible whose age is given. The Methuselah Tree is generally held to be the oldest living, individual organism on Earth, measured at 4,842 years and counting. The Bristlecone Pine species can take 700 years to grow 3 feet.

It is located in the Bristlecone Forest of the Ancients, in Inyo National Park, in the White Mountains of Eastern California. Its precise location has not been divulged out of concern for its protection. Bristlecone Pines do not grow particularly tall, reaching 50 feet, with a trunk diameter of anywhere from 8 to 12 feet, making for a squat, solid tree, but what they lack in grandiose height they more than make up for by outlasting every other single organism on the planet.

Methuselah still isn’t the oldest known. That was Prometheus, which was at least 20 years older than Methuselah now, before it was mistakenly cut down in 1964 by a dendrology student who had no idea how old it was. Prometheus might have been 5,000 years old or more, and Methuselah shows no signs of disease or weakness in any way. Researchers expect it to reach 5,000.

Let’s put that into perspective. It sprouted out of the ground in c. 2832 BC. That’s about 1,500 years before Moses was born. Back then, Egypt’s Second Dynasty was just getting going and the earliest Egyptian pyramids would not be built for another 200 years. Methuselah is about 800 years older than the Maya civilization. Biblical literalists (this lister not among them, in this case) like to theorize that the Methuselah Tree was the first living thing to appear on Earth (aside from the things in the various boats) after Noah’s Flood. That’s dubious, at best, but it’s a fun idea.

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L’Arbre du Tenere
Niger

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The Tree of Tenere is not numbered but given a bonus mention because it was knocked down by a drunken truck driver, in 1973. It was an Acacia tortillas tree, the species made famous in the Serengeti by grazing giraffes. This one lived in Northeast Niger, in the Tenere area of the south central Sahara Desert, 250 miles away from absolutely anything except the Saharan desert sand. Today, there is a metal sculpture in its place as a memorial. It lived next to a 130-foot deep well, and the only reason there is almost no vegetation in the Sahara Desert is because the water table is at least 110 feet under the surface of the earth throughout the Desert.

The tree’s roots somehow grew 120 feet long, reaching the water table, and thus enabled it to grow in a place so inhospitable that it was the remotest tree in the world. Today the world’s most remote tree is believed to be a Norwegian Spruce on Campbell Island, south of New Zealand. It is the only tree on the island, and the next nearest are over 120 miles away on the Auckland Islands.

Acacia trees have been planted several times in the Tenere tree’s spot, but none has lasted in the arid climate. How it was able to survive for the 20 to 40 years its roots would have taken to reach the water table remains a mystery, but it might have grown through the walls of the well and received all the water it needed as it descended.



  • fraterhater

    Trees are awesome things and can be quite amazing organisms.

    Wonderfull list

    And “First” is not a comment.

    • formerly known as Dangsthurt

      Listverse’s lists R starting to sux now.

      Listverse has jumped the shark?

      • Anonymous

        Listverse’s comments are starting to suck now.

        Dangsthurt has jumped the shark?

    • Grammar Nazi

      Wonderful*

  • Matthew

    Amazing trees but still shorter than my dick

    • Richard Hembree

      Who is this ridiculous compensating fellow?

      • Chineapplepunk

        A giant p***k XD

    • Auburn Tiger

      That’s what I call a hardwood.

    • Jimmy

      You must be a virgin since noone would want shoved up their ass

  • Christine Vrey

    Yeah, I did the first b4 I read the list…… Great list though Flame horse… Glad to see my “Plant” fever caught on. I love Plant lists, and this is no exeption!! Another interisting Old tree is the Welwitshia Mirabilis… Found only in the Namib desert, it is a coniferous dwarf tree related to the pine, It only grows to about 2 meters above the sand, and has a massive tap root system to reach the water table. They live 1000 to 2000 years on average…

    http://www.oakwilt.com/specialtrees/welwitschia.html

  • Richard Hembree

    Super mega awesome list. Finally a list about the best trees in the world!

  • Richard Hembree

    Agreed! I was just thinking the same thing about the “first” comment. Not that this particularly comment adds much of anything. lol

  • Lo-Phi

    For the bonus tree in Niger (Tree of Tenere), how the f*ck can a guy drunkenly hit a tree if it was the only thing around for 250 miles! Such a fail; on many levels of stupidity.

    • inconspicuousdetective

      hahahahahahaha

    • The_Snowdog

      hehe

      I was thinking of the same thing after reading that and was going to post it but you beat me to it

      • It’s called target fixation, and is a pretty common thing to worry about if you ride motorbikes. When there is nothing else around, and suddenly you see an object up ahead, it’s natural to keep looking at that object. As such, you will tend to move towards it and end up hitting it. With the truck driver being drunk, he proabably didn’t realise until far too late.

  • Sunland Baobab is pretty awesome, it is a Baobab that is used as a bar and wine cellar since it has a hollow trunk. The tree is big and old but is a living tree, you should check it out
    http://travel.spotcoolstuff.com/wp-content/upload

    great list thou, it will inspire some Google searches

    • Christine Vrey

      I agree that Sunland baobab should have made the list…. It has been carbondated and estimated to be around 6000 years old, and if correct would kick Methuzelas ass at being the oldest!!!
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunland_Baobab

  • Monkey

    Knocked down by a drunken driver? That’s actually pretty funny but annoying at the same time.

  • Chineapplepunk

    W00T! Well done you have wone 1,000 internetz…

  • bullamakanka

    Good list (finally)!

    I’m particularly fond of the karri tree in Western Australia, second tallest trees in the world behind the Redwood. That a tree that tall exists in a relatively tiny pocket in the corner of Western Australia, and nowhere else, is pretty remarkable.

    • bullamakanka

      And the most notable Karri would be the Gloucester Tree near Manjimup, the tallest fire lookout tree in the world (236 ft tall). You can climb up the pegs to the platform which is 190 ft up … if you have the nerve.

    • Gemfyre

      I think the Karri comes a few more rungs down the tall ladder (although they are sure up there! I’ve climbed Gloucester Tree).

      I have read that one of Mountain Ash trees in Victoria was measured to be taller than any other recorded tree. Unfortunately, it was measured after it was cut down in the early 1900s and no Mountain Ash has reached near its height since. :(

  • robfl

    cool list

    forget cancer. when you get old stay away from drunk drivers and college students.

  • Flamehorse is the new Jfrater. hha.

  • Jono

    Awesome list! I really enjoyed it. I recommend you do a list on the world’s rarest plants, including the Wollemi pine and Pennantia. Has it been done yet? I don’t remember one. :]

  • mordechaimordechai

    This kind of list is the reason why i visit this site. Jolly good show Flamehorse. Luckly enough you didn’t mention the lignum crucis. Just to cause a stir

  • loapaja

    Fantastic list.
    Wonderfully detailed, so a treat!

  • kunal raina

    Great list… However, also look up at the great banyan tree of india (ficus benghalensis). It is majestic.

  • Sam

    You missed the “Lone Cypress” of Monterey, CA:
    http://tinyurl.com/3whjzzq

  • Metalwrath

    It’s quite funny that a drunken driver hits a tree in a desert, like it was a hard obstacle to avoid.

    Good list

  • Auburn Tiger

    Good list to come back to (I’ve been on vacation in the British Isles for the past two weeks). My favorite entry was the one about the big/old tree. In all seriousness though, good list.

  • Johan

    Here’s another special tree for you:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Tjikko
    It’s in Dalarna, Sweden. Same province as I live in.

    • Pöpö

      Hear hear! That’s the most magnificent tree and shouldn’t have been left out of the list.

  • Gill

    Thinking about the trees growing from such tiny seeds is amazing. Maybe one day our species will evolve to be giants.

    • Johan

      I don’t think of it as impossible. But it surely would not be practical. There’s a guy in my town that is about 210 cm tall. He has to hunch down to be able to enter most stores and homes around here. If average height of humans all over the world would grow past 2 meters, we would have to rebuild pretty much every building. And to mention, I’m about 176 cm and I still have some trouble sitting in most cars. Can’t imagine what it’s like if you’re 200 cm…

    • OmegaMan

      On the contrary, our height might be decreasing as a species on an average. With the invention of various tools, machinery, farm equipment, computers, etc. our life has become more relaxed and the physical work is getting less arduous day by day. Any kind of evolution occurs only if required.

  • i gotta quit that. great list

  • Nic S

    Great list Flamehorse! And judging by the comments and suggestions, I’d say it warrants a follow-up list. =)

  • acg3

    Great list and great pictures! It’s amazing how large and how long these trees live. I wonder how many generations of people (that visit those trees) have lived and died and the trees are still going strong.

  • Handrejka

    Great list, I’ve seen the Major Oak it’s pretty impressive, would like to see the others.

  • Really interesting list, it’s pretty mad how some trees can live so amazingly long and grow to such heights/sizes.

    It’s kinda mind boggling when you think about it.

  • HHenry

    At first, a list about ten trees sounded kind of dumb, but as I read along, I found myself very interested. That is the sign of an excellent list. Well done.

  • oouchan

    Neat idea for a list. I liked all the pictures and the little stories behind them. Not sure why years were measured using biblical references when years were just enough….it kind of threw off the fun of the list. *shrugs*
    And the picture in number 5 set my megalophobia off. Didn’t think a tree would do that.

    Cool list overall.

    • Maggot

      Not sure why years were measured using biblical references when years were just enough

      Yeah I thought it was a little off-putting too, but considering the source, it wasn’t surprising. One thing I thought particularly amusing was in the bonus about the Methuselah Tree: “Biblical literalists…like to theorize that the Methuselah Tree was the first living thing to appear on Earth…after Noah’s Flood. That’s dubious, at best, but it’s a fun idea.”. Yeah I’m sure it’s much more fun to “theorize” that the planet’s oldest living thing simply must also have been the first living thing, rather than the First Living Thing just being some boring seasonal weed that sprouted, went to seed, and died a few weeks later. Oh you wacky fun-loving Biblical literalists…

      • oouchan

        Exactly my thoughts.

      • Food Mountain

        I was wondering the same thing. As the Biblical timeline is hotly contested and questionable in many areas, it would have been nice to see these trees plotted alongside verifiable dates and actual events. I can think of a few. What about the first unification of ancient China? Or the fall or Rome? Or Egypt’s Middle Kingdom?

        Then again, putting trees on a Biblical timeline does cater to an audience of people, regardless of how unstable the chronology may be. People like to think of the Bible as stable.

        Or, really, we could just throw in the Enlightenment of the Buddha or the death of Muhammad to level the religious playing field, eh? I’m being snarky now. kbye.

  • Best list in awhile. Nice to see a positive, kind of life-affirming list. Thank you.

  • Killer

    I’m gonna cut that tree

  • Great idea for a list, however it was hard reading it as it was written so so poorly. The writer doesn’t know how to refer to the trees other than “It is,” which is used excessively. Keep to the facts and not your uninteresting side notes, sorry don’t mean to be harsh, but it’s like a child wrote this. No offense if you’re a child. One thing is sure, Flamehorse is a stump of a writer, he is no Jfrater.

  • Very interesting list! Who knew trees could be so fascinating?!

  • bigski

    great list mr horse….

  • Bob

    Very nice list, a relief from that awful list posted yesterday.

  • Every list of old trees ALWAYS leaves out my hometown favorite.. AND it’s very possible it’s the 5th oldest tree in the world! Next time I see a list with awesome trees please don’t forget “The Senator”! http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senator_(tree)

  • Scott

    Hitting the only tree in the desert: WORLDS WORST FAIL.

    • sweshrung

      Seriously, what’s the story on that? Where did this person get drunk at?

  • Via

    Wow, such a fantastic list! Thanks for another great contribution, Flamehorse. Reminded me why I wanted to be an environmental advocate in the first place. I never realized how trees can be both magnificent and terrifying at the same time. A great read!

  • OmegaMan

    Good list Flamehorse. One fact about Methuselah tree is that that they have kept its exact location a secret from modern barbarism and rightly so.

  • monjoriser

    World”s rarest tree

    The tree species known only as Pennantia baylisiana could be the rarest plant on Earth. In fact, the Guinness Book of World Records once called it that. Just a single tree exists in the wild, on one of the Three Kings Islands off the coast of New Zealand, where it has sat, alone, since 1945. It didn’t used to be so solitary, but humans introduced goats to the island, which ate every other member of its species.
    read here http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=worlds-rarest-tree-gets-some-help-2010-04-20

    • Christine Vrey

      I went to read up about your rare tree from you link, but it seems like you have already coppy pasted mast of it in this comment…. You know its not that hard to atleast put it in your own words?!!

  • vanowensbody

    Great list

  • Big C

    Fantastic list, could be one of the best.

  • frostybabygurl

    Great List, very informative, loved the pictures and look forward to more lists like this. Who cares about the grammer? Don’t listen to the haters! You did a fantastic job Flamehorse =D

    • bugi

      who’s grammer? XD
      the irony. anyway, yes, flamehorse, dont listen to dem on teh internetz . online comments exist to be read. this list rock

  • rex r

    Why all the relation to one specific bronze age mythology with virtually no historical legitimacy?

  • Marianne

    Loved this list! Trees are incredible – if only they were sentient and could tell us all the history they had lived through!

    There are a couple of very old, incredibly stout oaks in my town in West Country England that are having their lives threatened. They’re not tall but are very wide and incredibly beautiful – and ofc we get some great conkers from them! But they are graffitied and may be torn down to make way for a skate park. Will be a shame to see them go. : (

  • Karine

    Grrrreat list ! Please keep up the good work.. It is very much appreciated

  • neeshad22

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS LIST. We r surrounded by trees but never look into the beauty of themm I think trees r beautiful. and this is a wonderful list. If only trees could talk. Oh, the treasures they hold.

  • Troy Maclure

    You failed to mention the sacred yew in Fortingall, central Scotland.

    Regards

  • alright

    Fairly interesting list but not interesting enough for me. Where are the misconceptions, mysteries, ghosts, and all those other lists I pray for before I click on Listverse in my favorites?

  • helltotheno89

    Great list so interesting and informative :)

  • rr

    Thank you! Great list!

  • mark o

    a bit different, but equally special, would be this tree in India- not for size, tho the longevity isn’t bad… but mainly for significance- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhi_Tree

    • Slappy

      Thanks, mark o. I enjoyed that.

  • Madden

    gnarly olive tree braaaaah

  • undaunted warrior 1

    Here in SA we have the widest tree in the world called the Baobab, it has even made the front page of the Wall Street Journal.

    After a 1000 years or so they start hollowing in the middle – and are often used as bars and wine cellars.

    http://www.bigbaobab.co.za

  • decaf84

    where is the pebble beach tree?

  • The_Snowdog

    hehe

    I was thinking of the same thing after reading that and was going to post it but you beat me to it :-)

    • The_Snowdog

      Please ignore this comment – meant to reply to a post above

      Fail by me

  • The_Snowdog

    # 7 – Pando

    “Each tree lives for about 130 years, dies, and is reconstituted through the roots and becomes a new tree, elsewhere, nearby.”

    Pando sounds like the Borg of the tree world

  • J

    Nice list. I adore trees too. If I were buddhist, I’d would really like to be reborn into a tree in my next life.

    • LOL WUT?

      So after you’re gone, you’d leave? We all want to get back to our roots, but sometimes you should branch out. Still, if being a tree is what you pine fir, I say Go Nuts.

  • Ugh

    Why so many biblical references when the Bible itself is chronologically flawed? Use the absolute date instead of “Noah had just turned three-hundred!”

  • 63jax

    damn feet, inches, and miles, i can’t understand them…ugh. where’s the converter?

  • booniepepper

    I loved this list. I would have loved to have seen some of the trees holding up temples in the Ankor Wat complex. They have got to be some of the most photographed trees around.

  • Oregonmade

    The coastal redwood groves are amazing! I am always looking for Ewoks in the Jedediah Smith State Park. I have yet to find one!

    • Oregonmade

      Forgot to mention…great list!

  • djC

    Type in google ‘living root bridges’. Beats all the trees in this list.

  • Great list!! If I remember right #1 is the oldest “known”. They speculate other bristlecones pines in the area could be older..

  • OddJobb

    Let’s not forget the Bodhi Tree (Sacred Fig tree) in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It was planted around the 3rd century BCE (288 BCE?) and is a major pilgrimage site for Buddhists since then.

  • Carra23

    Brilliant list – I love trees! There is a newly-discovered, little-researched species of eucalypt which grows in West Australia – like Pando, it grows from a single root system. The difference lies in the growth pattern. Each organism (tree) starts as a single tree with a bulbous rootstock below ground, as the tree ages and dies it sends out ‘suckers radially and a circle of new trees is growing by the time the original tree dies. This pattern repeats and repeats and the rings (originally thought to be simple circular copses of individual trees until early this century) grow outward at a rate of something like 2 feet per millennium (approx) – the largest of these rings is over 30 feet across making it around 15,000 years old. Unfortunately I can’t find the article (which I kept from a newspaper cutting at the time) so I can’t verify the tree or the species – but it’s still very cool!

  • mitch

    How about the Banyan tree planted on Maui on April 1873?

    http://www.hawaiiweb.com/maui/html/sites/banyan_tree.html

  • Great list Flamehorse ,(as usual), but all I could think of was buy one get one tree – sorry

  • Abigirl

    I think the Banyon Tree on Maui should be included… I’m not sure about its age but it’s seriously impressive to see. It takes up an entire city block, in the middle of a town. Maybe a second list? :]

  • Andrew

    You missed the Tree of Life in Bahrain it is very isolated and has no apparent water source. It is a random spot of green in an area that as far as the eye can see is deep desert.

  • druglord

    Flamehorse, you get better with time.. Enjoyed the list immensely

  • freckledsmile99

    Great list, as always, Flamehorse.

  • Borten

    Too American :P
    Nah this was a really good list, I’m fascinated by trees, about time they got some bigging up on Listverse.

  • jomama

    this was a very cool list!

  • Mauro Menezes

    Do you forgot the bigest “cajueiro” of word. It’s the third or fourth bigest ente live in world. It’s in Natal – Brazil

  • Tyler

    Here are some more crazy looking trees in Canada.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twisted_Trees

  • MM Hall

    This is fascinating. Love the site.

  • DarthBurg

    If you are ever in Western NC or TN, check out the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, there are some huge Tulip Poplars that grow there, definitely a sight if you are not lucky enough to see some of the ones listed above.

    http://main.nc.us/graham/hiking/joycekil.html

  • Brett L

    Tree of Life – Bahrain? Said to be the Tree of Eden? A giant tree growing in the middle of the desert with an unknown water source!? Come on now.

  • HopeHorianopoulou

    I firmly believe that this one is amazing. I’ve seen it with my own eyes the trees are planted at the roof of this monastery http://vatopaidi.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/agia-theodora.jpg

  • Nelvert

    Thats the wonders of nature..something to be appreciated of!

  • Jon

    For the people that think the Bible and its timelines etc are inaccurate then please think again. It has been proved time and time again using many different historical dairies and scrolls etc spanning many years apart. Various scholars have attempted to disprove many things in relation to the Bible and its history and it has been labelled as one of the most accurate historical documents ever produced. Whole laws, societies and cultures are based on it. Every prophecy in it has been fore filled so far and they arnt exactly small ones either and there are over a 1000 if i recall. Please guys consider history and the hundreds and thousands of incredibly intelligent scholars who have attempted to discredit this book only for them to come back heads held low. The history of it has more than been proved my friends.. What about the scientists who are saying that it details different aspects of science when it was impossible to know it way back then. Astronomy, geography, circulatory system – physiology, Psychology, physics etc.. the list goes on. It is far beyond us in regards to what is written within it so lets not attempt in one keyboard sitting to slander something in our limited knowledge as it has stood the test of time and mans hate for it over thousands of years. What proud, self righteous, small minded people we think we are hey! Unbelievable!! No offense guys but its true isnt it when you think about it. Perhaps you guys should read the Bible and then you will see why we think the way we do, why we act the way we do in this horrid and evil world. Everything ties in in one form or another. Btw Carbon dating isnt accurate at all. A scientist i know carbon dated 2 known fossils of which we knew the exact dates and they were both about the same (if i recall both specimens were around 50 – 100 years old). One came back around what we expected – couple of thousand years old, the other was millions. At that point i vowed never to trust this method of dating EVER again. I have seen this time and time again.

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  • Typhoon

    I’d like to see #1, #2, #3, #5 and id like to climb #6.

  • Whatsoever

    Thanks for the list. I always have a strange feeling about trees. They seem a part of my family members. When one of them dies or is cut down, it’s a sad thing for me.