World’s oldest tree discovered in Dalarna

Posted on April 21, 2008 

‘World’s oldest tree’ discovered in Dalarna

Swedish researchers have uncovered a stand of spruce trees with an 8,000-year-old tree root system in Dalarna, making it among the oldest in the world.

“This gives us a completely different picture of how spruce first came to Sweden after the last Ice Age,” researcher Leif Kullman told The Local.

Carbon-14 dating tests carried out by a lab in the United States on three spruce tree root samples revealed that the trees’ roots were 5,000, 6,000, and 8,000 years old, reported Svergies Television’s local news program Gävledala.

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