BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The oldest tree in Europe is a pine tree. The Greek pine tree has seen over a thousand years’ worth of human history unfold before its branches.
Dendrologists have calculated the age of the historical tree. They found it’s at least 1,075 years old. This makes it the oldest tree in Europe. The little pine was nicknamed “Adonis”. It’s been through world wars, revolutions, the Protestant Reform, the Crusades and even a significant part of the Dark Ages.
This species of pine is called Bosnian Pine (Pinus Heldreichii). Its age was dated using the ring counting method. As trees develop a new ring for every year that passes, this makes it easy for experts to count how old a tree is.
The pine tree grows in Northern Greece and scientists counted over 1,075 rings on its trunk. The tree can be admired among a dozen other millennial trees in the Pindos Mountains in Greece.
Although this tree is the oldest in Europe, there are several other older trees around the world. Some are over 3,000 years old. Methuselah, a tree in the United States, was dated at over 4,600 years.
To confirm the age of the pine tree, the team of experts extracted small samples beneath the tree bark and counted the rings. This does not endanger the tree, as its core is only five millimeters in diameter.
The remarkable thing about the dozen of trees is that they somehow withstood conditions in a busy area.
Most of the older trees, on the American continent, are far away from civilization. But these trees survived in more densely populated areas.
Paul J. Krusic, a Stockholm University graduate, said the tree is unique because it cannot rely on other surrounding trees to survive.
Krusic says the results of the “Adonis” study will not be published. Krusic and his colleagues will study these time capsules to answer questions about how the region developed over time.
Krusic also pointed out that the story is about the human influences on climate change, about the history and local habits.
The tree was nicknamed Adonis after the Greek God of desire and beauty. It has seen empires rise and fall and remained untouched for a thousand years.
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