The Bosnian pine (Pinus heldreichii), which is growing in northern Greece, has been dated as being 1,075 years old by scientists.
The tree, named Adonis by the researchers, is one of “more than a dozen individuals of millennial age” found growing in the forest in the Greek Pindos mountains. When the tree was 250 years old Oxford University was founded, and it turned 1,000 during the Second World War.
Researchers from Stockholm University, the University of Mainz, Germany, and the University of Arizona, dated the tree by removing a sections of the tree’s core. Then, using the dendrochronological dating method, they counted the 1,000-plus rings on the trees’ core.
Dr. Paul Krusic led the expedition of said: “It is quite remarkable that this large, complex and impressive organism has survived so long in such an inhospitable environment, in a land that has been civilised for over 3,000 years”.
Trees this old are rare in Europe, although they are relatively common in other parts of the world, including the United States. The reason has a lot to do with humans – the more human traffic there is in a region, the more likely a tree is to be chopped down for a human purpose, whether firewood or construction or to make room for development.
Methuselah, a tree in the US, has been dated at more than 4,600 years old.