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The 10 Oldest Trees in the World

Environmental Graffiti has assembled a list of the oldest trees in the world:

1. Methuselah Alley

Methuselah is a 4,800-year-old great basin bristle-cone pine, located in Methuselah Alley, Nevada.

2. Sarv-e-Abarkooh

The Sarv-e-Abarkooh is a 4,000 year old cypress tree located at Abarkooh in Iran.

3. Llangernyw yew

Yew trees are common in cemeteries and known for their longevity, but this Welsh tree is an extreme example, coming it at close 4,000 years.

4. Alerce

In Chile can be found the oldest Patagonian cypress, also known as the 'alerce', at a youthful 3,600 years of age.

5. The Senator

The bald cypress in Florida known as the 'Senator' is estimated to be 3,400-3,500 years old.

6. Patriarca de Floresta

A 'Patriarca de Floresta' tree in Brazil is at least 3,000 years old.

7. Alishan Sacred Tree

The 'Alishan Sacred Tree' of Taiwan, also believed to have been 3,000 years old, collapsed on July 1, 1997 following heavy rainstorms.

8. Chestnut of 100 Horses

The oldest known chestnut tree in the world -- known as the "tree of 100 horses" -- is found on the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily. It is thought to be somewhere between 2,000 and 4,000 years old.

9. The General Sherman

The 'General Sherman' is a giant sequoia in Sequoia National Park that stands 275 feet tall. It is believed to be between 2,300 and 2,700 years old.

10. The Jhomon Sugi tree

The Jhomon Sugi tree in Japan could be as young as 2,170 years or as old as 7,200.

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