Nature has a way of persisting through the destruction we wreck and being bountiful despite it. Everything erodes but nature preserves itself and lives on while we perish. These are some the oldest and most beautiful living things known to man.

1. Jomon Sugi Tree:
This large “Yakusugi Cedar” tree was located in 1996 and has since become quite famous. It is said to be the largest Cedar tree in Japan. It is 25 meters tall with a trunk circumference of 16.2 m (53 ft) and estimated to be around 2,200 years old (some claim that it is much older). It is called “Jomon-sugi” (meaning Old Cedar) and is located in the Yakushima World Heritage Area.

Jomon Sugi


Jomon Sugi

2. The Sarv-e-Abarkooh Cypress Tree:
Also called the Zoroastrian Sarv, The Sarv-e-abarkooh Cypress tree is located in Abarkuh, Yazd, Iran. Protected by the Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran as a national natural monument, it is indeed a major tourist attraction with a height of 25 metres and circumference of 18 metres. It is estimated to be over 4000 years old and may be the oldest living thing in Asia. According to the China Daily ranking of the top 10 oldest trees in the world, Sarv-e Abar-Kuh is the second oldest tree in the world and it holds a special place in the hearts of all Iranians, with strong religious connotations.


3. ‘Alerce’ Patagonian Cypress Tree:
Another tree which is known to have been around for 35 million years, due to fossilised remains – the oldest today being a youthful 3,600 years of age – is the Patagonian Cypress, also known as the 'Alerce'. So valuable was the wood of this tree to the Chilean locals that they used roof shingles made from it as money.

Alerce Patagonian

4. Jardine Juniper Tree:
The Jardine Juniper was discovered on July 23, 1923, by Maurice Blood Linford, a student at Utah State University. It stands on a ridge of rocks roughly
1 mile up the mountainside, directly west of the mouth of Cottonwood Creek, nearly 16 miles up Logan Canyon. From the immense size of the trunk he decided that the tree was nearly 3,000 years old. The circumference of the trunk was 26 feet, 8 inches, and the tree stood 44 feet, 6 inches tall.

Jardine Juniper

5. ‘Patriarca de Floresta’ Tree:
Yet another ancient South American resident is the 'Patriarca de Floresta' tree of Brazil. One of the biggest trees in the Atlantic Forest, this one is thought to be at least 3000 years old, almost certainly the oldest non-conifer tree in Brazil. The tree is believed to be sacred, but its species is widely threatened due to forest clearing in Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela.

Patriarca da Floresta

Patriarca de Floresta

6. ‘Chestnut Tree of 100 Horses’:
This tree, located on Mount Etna in Sicily, is the largest and oldest known chestnut tree in the world. Believed to be between 2,000 and 4,000 years old, this tree's age is particularly impressive because Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The tree's name originated from a legend in which a company of 100 knights were caught in a severe thunderstorm. According to the legend, all of them were able to take shelter under the massive tree. It is listed by Guinness World Records as having the "greatest tree girth ever," at 190 feet in circumference.

100 Horses Chestnut Tree

Chestnut Tree of 100 Horses

7. The ‘General Sherman’ Giant Sequoia, USA:
One of the youngest of these ancient trees is the 'General Sherman', a Giant Sequoia that stands 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, and has been identified as the largest tree in the world by wood-volume. It is believed to be between 2,300 and 2,700 years old.

General Sherman - Giant Sequoia

General Sherman Giant Sequoia

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