Trees are about the oldest living things on the plant. Some trees even live for thousands of years. If the elm tree in your yard won’t live that long, it’s probably will longer than you and your children. So when planting trees in your outdoor space, and you are asking yourself, “How long does a tree live?” Think long into the future.
Flowerbeds and gardens come and go, but trees live for generations. Here is some information on the average age of trees. It depends on the tree type. Some tree types don't live too long, possibly up to 50 years. Some like the Bristlecone Pine live close to 5,000 years.
Most tree types live a couple of hundred years, outliving a human and some countries. Did you know that plenty of the big redwoods in California were around when Christopher Columbus discovered the new world?
Seriously, How Long Does A Tree Live?
So, trees can live from 50 to a lifetime. In America, the tree with the most extended lifespan, the Bristlecone Pine, grows in southern California and the mountains of Nevada.
If a tree has enough food, sunshine, and water, then it can live to the end of its natural lifespan. With that being said, no amount of care can make one tree with a specific lifespan outlive another one.
Persimmon has a typical lifespan of close to 60 years. The black willow, this tree will live close to 75 years. Alaska red cedar can live over 3,000 years. Giant sequoias can also live over 3,000 years.
Trees that live in climates in which the temperature changes with specific seasons get rings inside their trunks. If you drilled a hole from the outside of the tree to the center, you could count the rings to know the age of the tree. It is best to ask an arborist to do this for you.
If a tree falls after a storm or is cut down, the rings can be seen and counted. Most trees that are in warmer climates without any different seasons live a shorter life than other trees, and can typically be dated by personal memories or local records.
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