The Methuselah Tree
Age: 4,800 years
White Mountains, California
California’s no stranger to old trees, and while I’ve heard of the Redwoods, I’ve never come across a mention of the Methuselah Tree. Growing in the White Mountains in Cali, the real name of the tree is the Great Basin Bristlecone Pine, but it’s better known by it’s other name. The tree resides in the Methuselah Grove, which is in Inyo National Forest’s “Forest of Ancients,” where it’s surrounded by other ancient trees. To keep it safe, however, the trees location and likeness is kept secret to protect it from vandalism.
When the guys who discovered it took samples from the tree, they found it to be over 4,789 years old, dating it back to its germination in 2832 BCE, which is before the Egyptian Pyramids. This makes it the oldest known, non-clonal living tree.
You’d think, however, that the tree is so old because it’s got optimal conditions, but instead, the conditions up there are awful. It’s exposed, barely has any soil or moisture, but somehow, it thrives. This tree’s a testament to resilience. We should all try to be like the Methuselah Tree.