Continuing my tree-themed posts, I have researched the tallest tree. It is called ‘Hyperion’, and is a California Redwood in the Redwood National Park.
It is 600 years old, and stands 380 feet tall. (116 metres)
To give you come idea of how tall that is, it is taller than the Statue of Liberty, taller than Big Ben in London, and more than twice as high as the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
So the world’s oldest tree and the world’s tallest tree are both to be found in the American state of California.
After my recent tree post, I have been thinking about the oldest known tree. Most of my research has returned the above tree, a Bristlecone Pine that has been named Methuselah.
It is 4,852 years old, and located in California, near the border with Nevada. The exact location is kept secret by the US National Parks Service.
That means it started growing in 2,830 BC, during the Bronze Age. Long before the empires of Ancient Greece and Rome were established.
Now that’s what I call an ‘old tree’.