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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Trees: The Tallest, The Shortest, The Oldest

May 18, 2008-May 24, 2008

The world’s tallest existing tree species is the coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) found within the Redwood National Park in California, United States. According to modern verified instruments, it soars up to a height of 115.55 meters or 379.1 feet, comparable to five times the height of the Statue of Liberty. It is about 16 meters taller than Coast Douglas-fir, the second tallest tree.

The dwarf willow (Salix herbacea) is pronounced as the shortest and smallest living tree species in the world. It thrives in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions including the Pyrenees, Alps, Rila and Appalachian Mountains. Its height ranges from 1 to 6 centimeters only. It’s hard to find dwarf willows with a height that exceeds up to more than 2.5 inches.

With an oldest measured age of 9,550 years old, the oldest tree species in the world is the Norway spruce (Picea abies). It is native not only to Norway but also to various countries in the European continent. In fact, the oldest known Norway spruce (image on top) was discovered in Sweden in 2008. The determining of its age was done through carbon dating.

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4 comments:

beingadaddy said...

strange as it may be, this is actually information I already knew! Theres a first time for everything I suppose.

70-643 said...

nice post dude, keep it up.

640-816 said...

It is too much height for a tree.

350-029 said...

Thanks for this sharing the wonderful information with us.