The Most Prolific Trees
When we take the time to analyze our lives we are faced with the unquestionable fact that only a finite amount of life is available to each of us.
During the time that nature allots us we attempt to carry out a life that reaches beyond our mere selves, a concept exemplified by the ideologies and actions of Fitzgerald, Poe, Jobs, Einstein, and many other great minds.
Yet there is one inanimate object that has stood aside and helped mankind more than all of our collective attempts combined.
That object is the one thing that billions of people take for granted every day:
The Humble Tree
1. The “Jomon Sugi” Tree
The estimated life of a tree is often relatively close to its actual age. However, the sugi is one of the most documented trees that is truly an exception.
Some state the tree is only 2,170 years old, while others state the tree is 7,200 years old. Either way, this tree is deemed as being the oldest and largest member of the cryptomeria family.
It has outlived all its other family members that reside at the world heritage site in Japan (Yakushima). Overall this tree is a major source of interest to individuals from all around the globe.
Hundreds of thousands have deemed the adventure as a “...true living hell” that ends in “...pure delight...” This is because the only way to come face-to-face with the tree is to endure the climb, which consists of a minimum of nine hours of physical involvement.
2. The “Sarv-E Abarkuh” Tree
It took nearly four thousand years for this tree to be recognized, but once that occurred the tree received unparalleled support and praise.
This started when the Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran deemed it as being a “national natural monument.”
Once that occurred hundreds of visitors flocked to the site. At that point, the tree was promoted even further because of its size, which was recorded as 25 meters tall and 18 meters wide.
Additionally, the tree was acknowledged because of its age. Over time those factors combined and amplified in all aspects of the globe.
3. The “Jardine Juniper” Tree:
Nearly a century ago a student attending Utah State agricultural college (USAC) managed to stumble upon one of the oldest members of the Juniperus scopulorum family.
That discovery led to more ancient trees in Logan Canyon being sought out. Additionally, that discovery etched the school's name in the history books because the tree was named after the head of Utah State agricultural college (USAC).
Several studies that transpired a couple decades after the original discovery showed unequivocal evidence, which stated the tree was only half as old as it was said to be. However, the discovery was still considered to be one of the great examples of agricultural integrity and perseverance.
4. The “Patagonian Cypress” Tree:
The Patagonian cypress is a type of tree that stands as the only species of its genus. That means it is distinct in every aspect when compared to the other families of trees that underwent thousands of evolutionary processes.
Additionally, the Patagonian is one of a kind because it was deemed as a national monument to Chile. The family of trees eventually became a major part of Chilean culture when the bark was extracted from the trees to make shingles for roofing.
The most prestigious member of the family that has gone unvarnished is the tree that remains nameless but is most definitely recognized. That Patagonian is 3,649 years old.
5. The “Patriarca Da Floresta” Tree
Over the last few decades excessive clearing of forests in Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil have caused a specific tree to become scarce.
That tree is the “Patriarca de Floresta.” The oldest one of these trees that can be found is currently over 3,000 years old and is indigenous to Brazil. Overall the species that the Floresta belongs to is the cariniana legalis. Over time that family has become recognized in Brazil, but the specific tree (the Floresta) is considered to be the “tree of Brazil.”
The information provided was intended to do numerous things. First, the reader should be able to come to the realization that trees are an unquestionable part of mankind’s evolutionary history.
Secondly, we should all be able to realize that trees are one of the only pieces of historical evidence that allow a complete representation of the world’s roots.
Lastly, we should be able to take away the central message, which is that trees are the life source that allows the planet to continue to improve and advance.
All-in-all that last point is the most important because it highlights the fact that trees represent a huge aspect of life on this small planet which looks blue when viewed from above the atmosphere, but very green when viewed up close.
And all that green constitutes the totality of mankind's truly best friend: the tree.
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