Dating white pine trees
Trees are also famed for their longevity with some species living for thousands of years.The oldest trees are believed to have germinated in the 3rd Millennium BCE, decades before the Great Pyramid of Khufu was built.Though these are some of the oldest individual trees in the world, they are technically not the oldest living organisms.There are several clonal colonies — which are made up of genetically identical trees connected by a single root system — that are much older.
The Patagonian Cypress (Fitzroya cupressoides) is the term given to tall, evergreen conifer trees which grow in the Valdivian temperate rain forests of South America.
The tree's true age was revealed by carbon-14 dating its root system.
According to a statement from Umeå University, scientists found four generations of spruce remains at the site, all with the same genetic makeup.
The giant sequoia is the largest individual tree in the world and the largest living organism based on volume with the fully grown tree attaining a height of 279 feet and a maximum trunk diameter of 26 feet.
The giant sequoia is also famed for its longevity with numerous trees exceeding 1,000 years.