A clonal colony can survive for much longer than an individual tree.
The first table includes trees for which a minimum age has been directly determined, either through counting or cross-referencing tree rings or through radiocarbon dating.
Many of these trees may be even older than their listed ages, but the oldest wood in the tree has rotted away.
The current record-holders for individual, non-clonal trees are the Great Basin bristlecone pine trees from California and Nevada, in the United States.
Through tree-ring cross-referencing, they have been shown to be more than five millennia old.
In my view this oak tree over a half a century later deserved a special hug from five children.
This is a list of the oldest known trees, as reported in reliable sources.The average arm span is approximately equal to your height.Generally an average adult ‘tree hug’ is considered 1.5 metres from finger tip to finger tip.For some old trees, so much of the centre is missing that their age cannot be directly determined.Instead, estimates are made based on the tree's size and presumed growth rate.Nor was I planning for some random tree hugging but had one particular oak I wanted them to date.