“Old Tjikko”, named after a Norwegian Professor’s Siberian husky, is estimated to be over 9500 years old. Discovered in 2004, and carbon-14 dated, Old Tjikko is the world’s oldest tree.
How has this tree survived this long?
“During the ice age sea level was 120 meters lower than today and much of what is now the North Sea in the waters between England and Norway was at that time forest,” Professor Kullman told Aftonbladet. Winds and low temperatures made Old Tjikko “like a bonsai tree…Big trees cannot get as old as this.”
Old Tjikko isn’t even the oldest clonal organism – that distinction belongs to a colony of aspen in Utah called Pando, which has been growing for at least 80,000 years.