A 2,624-Year-Old Tree Has Just Been Found Growing in a Swamp in NC

Louisiana bayou in fog

Along the Black River in North Carolina, bald cypress trees have been quietly growing for millennia. Quite literally so: Scientists recently found trees over 2,000 years old - including one that is at least 2,624 years old. That makes it the fifth-oldest known non-clonal tree in the world. (Utah'sPando, an ancient quaking aspen forest, reproduces asexually, by cloning itself from an 80,000-year-old root system.)

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