The Oldest Tree in Europe Found in Greece

“Adonis”

Greece is home to the oldest tree in Europe. The tree, a Bosnian pine found in the Pindus mountains of north-central Greece, is 1,075 years old, according to Swedish and American scientists. They named the tree “Adonis”, after the Greek god of beauty. Paul Krusic, a dendrochronologist (tree-dater) and the leader of the team, says its survival is “remarkable,” considering that Greece has been inhabited for many thousands of years. When the tree first sprouted in 914 AD, the Vikings were a force to be reckoned with in northern Europe.

There are trees that are technically much older- many thousands of years old- but they are clones of older trees using an ancient root system, and not the same tree that has grown and lived continuously, like Adonis. A cloned tree in Sweden is thought to be nearly 10,000 years old.

The oldest non-cloned tree in the world, however, is a bristlecone pine found in the White Mountains of California, thought to be 4,600 years old.