There are colonies of clonal trees that have lived for tens of thousands of years, but there’s something majestic about a single tree able to stand on its own for millennia. These ancient trees have borne witness to the rise and fall of civilizations, survived changing climates, and even persevered through the fervent development of human industry. They are a testament to the long view that Mother Nature takes in tending the Earth. With that in mind, consider the world’s ten oldest living trees.
This ancient bristlecone pine is the oldest known nonclonal organism on Earth at 4,841 years old. It is located in the Inyo National Forest in the White Mountains of California, although Methuselah’s exact location is kept close secret in order to protect it from the public. Guests can visit the grove where Methuselah sits, but you’ll have to guess which tree is Methuselah. Could this one be it?