Posts Tagged ‘oldest tree’

The Real Methuselah

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

With all the brouhaha about Bitter-gate, lapel pins, and polygamists in Texas, you may have missed the marvelous news that Swedish scientist Leif Kullman has discovered the world’s oldest recorded tree so far. It’s not, as was once believed, Methuselah, the 4,700-year-old bristlecone pine living in California’s Inyo National Forest. It’s a 9,550-year-old Norway spruce inhabiting a Swedish mountaintop. Kinda spindly looking but, hey, if we’d been around for almost ten millennia we wouldn’t be nearly as cute.