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How old is the oldest tree ever found?

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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.

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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.

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