Welcome back to our blog series about the most famous trees in the world! Even though we are often removing trees and cutting them down, we are tree fanatics here at Whatcom Tree Service. Although we’re not left wanting in Washington for incredible, awe-inspiring trees, it’s fun to look at some of the most famous in the world. In our previous blog post, we looked at the biggest tree in the world, a tree that literally has a bar service inside of it, and a tree that Robin Hood himself has made famous. In this post, we’ll take a look at a few more jaw-dropping trees!
We believe it’s important to cultivate a love for trees and wildlife, and knowing the stories of some of these iconic trees is a great way to increase our appreciation of nature as a whole. Even though we carry out tree removal services all over the Bellingham and Whatcom County areas, it comes from a place of deep respect.
Here are some more famous trees you may not have heard before:
If you were to encounter Methuselah on a random hike, you might not think much of it. It kind of just looks like a frayed, gnarly piece of standing wood. In fact, you might even mistake it to be dead.
But Methusaleh is very much alive, and it carries the honorable distinction of being the oldest known living non-clonal tree in the world, at an astonishing 4,849 years. The tree belongs to the Bristlecone Pine family, which can be found in the White Mountains of California.
It’s incredible and almost impossible to truly comprehend just how old that is. For reference, Methusaleh is literally older than recorded history itself, which experts date back to roughly 4600 BC. When Methusaleh was at the ripe young age of 1500 years, the Egyptian Kingdom was just getting started. Incredible!
There may very well be trees in the area that are even older than Methusaleh, but for the time being, this tree holds the venerable distinction of oldest tree in the world. If you ever want to go pay your respects, don’t hold your breath — Methusaleh’s location is a well-kept secret, for obvious reasons.
El Arbol Del Tule, Mexico
In our two blog posts thus far, we’ve covered the tallest tree and the oldest. And now we have another record for you — the stoutest. El Arbol Del Tule in Oaxaca, Mexico holds this unique distinction with a broad trunk that’s an impressive 35 meters in girth. It takes 17 people with outstretched arms to fully circle this tree.
Belonging to the Montezume Cypress family, what this tree has in girth it lacks in height — the tree is no taller than an average building, resembling a massive wooden block more than the trees that you’re used to.
Tragically, El Arbol Del Tule’s days might be numbered. Water shortages have wreaked havoc on its roots and the local car traffic isn’t doing it any favors. Mexican authorities are trying to keep the tree safe and healthy, preserving its incredible lifespan which is estimated to be between 1200 and 3000 years.
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Sri Lanka
This is not the oldest tree in the world, but it still holds its own unique record. This plant ranks among the more elderly trees on this earth, a little over 2000 years old, but more importantly, it’s the oldest known planting date we have for any tree. Most trees’ lifespans are measured through scientific means, but we have the documented history of the planting of this tree by Buddhist nuns in the 3rd century BCE.
However, its ancient planting date isn’t all this tree has going for it. Legend says that the tree is a branch of the sacred fig tree under which the Buddha himself attained enlightenment. Indeed, this tree is deeply meaningful to Buddhists, and its location is considered to be a sacred site, surrounded by other monasteries and palaces.
This is a tree with a story. While it doesn’t look like anything too out of the ordinary, it speaks to the symbolic power and significance that nature can hold to people and civilizations as a whole.
Caring For Your Trees in Washington
Washington might not have the tallest tree in the world, or the oldest or girthiest, but our trees are incredible nonetheless and they deserve a level of appreciation and respect. And sometimes, that means that the expertise of a commercial or residential tree service is needed. At Whatcom Tree Service, we carry out tree removal, tree trimming, stump grinding, professional consultation, and pretty much any other service you can think of when it comes to trees.
We have served hundreds of clients in the Whatcom County Area and surrounding regions, such as Ferndale, Geneva, Sudden Valley, Bellingham, Deming, Snohomish County, and more. We would be happy to serve you too — don’t hesitate to give us a call for all your tree-related needs!