This tree is 9,550 years old, plus or minus a few decades.
Found on Fulufjället in the Dalarna province of south-central Sweden, this spruce has survived by growing between erect trees and smaller bushes, and has seen some dramatic climate changes over the millenia of its existence.
Trees such as this regenerate by pushing out a new trunk as the old one dies. But what stands today is the same tree, formed of the same genetic material as was contained in the original seed. Let’s just hope this one doesn’t find its way into an Ikea flat-pack.