Oldest Living Things on Earth

Oldest Living Things on Earth

Jōmon Sugi is a large cryptomeria tree (yakusugi) located on Yakushima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Japan. It is the oldest and largest of nearly 2,000-year-old-growth cryptomeria trees on the island, and is estimated to be between 2,170  and 7,200 years old!

Let’s see the other oldest living things on earth

The Sav-e-Abarkooh Cypress tree of  Iran

The Sarv-e-Abarkooh is a 4,000 year old Cypress tree located at Abarkooh, in Iran. Also known as the ‘Zoroastrian Sarv’, this holds a special place in the hearts of all Iranians, with strong religious connotations.

‘Alerce’ Patagonian Cypress Tree of Chile

Another tree which is known to have been around for 35million years – the oldest today being a youthful 3,600 years of age – is the Patagonian Cypress, also known as the ‘Alerce’.

Jardine Juniper Tree, Lgan, Utah, USA


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Outside the city of Logan, Utah, USA, you will find  The ‘Jardine Juniper’, again the oldest, at 3,200 years, of its kind anywhere in the world.

‘Patriarca de Floresta’ Tree of Brazil

One of the biggest trees in the Atlantic Forest, there are some old trees in Santa Rita do Passa Quatro and near Petrópolis. This one is thought to be at least 3 000 years old

‘Chestnut Tree of 100 Horses’ , Mount Etrna, Sicily


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The oldest known Chestnut tree in the world can be found on the Linguaglossa road, in San D’Alfio, on the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily. This ‘Tree of 100 horses’, as it is known, is indisputably the largest tree od its kind to be found anywhere on the planet, and thought to be somewhere between 2,000 and 4,000 years old.

The ‘General Sherman’ Giant Sequoia, USA

275ft tall and measures 102ft in circumference at the base. It can be found in the Sequoia National Park. As of 2002, the trunk volume was measured at about 1487 cubic meters.  It is believed to be between 2,300 and 2,700 years old.





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