The oldest tree in the world was found in a mountain range in central Sweden. Its root system is 9,500 years old and continues to grow.
The European spruce (also known as Norway spruce), known as Old Tjikko, was discovered by scientists in a tree survey in the Fulufjallets National Park in Sweden in 2004. After testing in the carbon 14th century, it was found that its root system was at least 9,500. Years of history, but the trunk is relatively young.
The reason why this tree can survive for so long is thanks to its asexual reproduction characteristics, which means that it can effectively clone itself. Other big trees cannot live so long. The 4-meter-high tree trunk looks quite young, but its roots have been growing for nearly 10,000 years.
The researchers said: “In the Ice Age, sea level was 120 meters lower than it is now. Many of the waters between England and Norway were forests at the time. This may be a fir from that place and time.”