How Old Is the Oldest Tree Ever Found?

The oldest individual tree ever found by scientists has an age of approximately 5,065 years. However, there are clonal trees that have lived longer, as well as a clonal tree colony that has possibly lived for tens of thousands of years.

The oldest individual tree is a bristlecone pine tree growing in an undisclosed location in the White Mountains of California. Methuselah, the world's second-oldest tree, is of the same species and in the same area. Methuselah is approximately 4,845 years old. Old Tjikko, a Norway spruce in the Dalarna province of Sweden, is roughly 9,550 years old. However, Old Tjikko is a clonal tree, meaning that its roots are the only part of the tree that has stayed alive, while the rest of the organism is vegetatively cloned.