This Swedish Tree is 9,500 years old


This ordinary-looking Spruce found in Sweden is the world's oldest tree. Scientists believe that it started growing just after the end of the last ice age, more than 9,500 years ago. Prior to this the oldest trees found had been between 4,000 to 5,000 years old.

Scientists conducting a tree census (obtaining information about every single tree in the region) discovered the tree on Fulu Mountain, Sweden in 2004. However, it was only recently that its age was calculated, using carbon dating - a way to determine the age of archeological finds.

The Spruce was found amongst a cluster of about 20 Spruces, all more than 8,000 years old at an altitude of almost 3,000 ft. Scientists were a little surprised on discovering how long the tree had been there, because until now they had thought that the Spruce was a newcomer to the area. They now believe that it was brought here by the Mesolithic humans (middle stone age period) who lived in the area. The discovery also establishes that the climate in those days was much warmer than it currently is.

The stems and trunks of a Spruce tree only have a lifespan of about 600 years. However, the root replaces them as soon as they die off, allowing the trees to continue living forever.

This new, still unnamed tree, will replace Methuselah the 4,768-year old bristlecone pine from California, which is currently listed as the oldest tree in the Guinness Book of World Records.

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  • MILESWednesday, May 2, 2018 at 11:17 pm
    I did this for school, IT WAS AMAZING
    • Pretty Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 9:19 am
      This article really helped. Thanks.
      • mr.awesomeThursday, November 19, 2015 at 7:23 pm
        thats so cool!!!
        • m132
          m132Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 11:36 am
          is that possible
          • tashadtasha
            tashadtashaThursday, April 16, 2015 at 5:29 pm
            That's pretty cool!! It has been through a lot of events in history!
            • nikukyu
              nikukyuThursday, December 4, 2014 at 4:51 am
              The wonders of nature:)
              • sweden loverThursday, November 13, 2014 at 9:29 am
                • minecraftcar589
                  minecraftcar589Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 4:51 pm
                  that's old
                  • bThursday, May 8, 2014 at 8:31 am
                    • PANCAKESSaturday, January 11, 2014 at 9:38 am
                      ummm that tree cant live over that many years? they coudve watered it and keeped it alive duhh....