A favorable climate has produced an upright trunk since the beginning of the 1940's.  Photo: Leif Kullman
April 16, 2008; The world's oldest recorded tree is a 9,550 year-old spruce in the Dalarna province of SWEDEN.
The spruce tree has shown to be a tenacious survivor that has endured by growing between erect trees and smaller bushes in pace with the dramatic climate changes over time.
For many years the spruce tree has been regarded as a relative newcomer in the Swedish mountain region.
"Our results have shown the complete opposite, that the spruce is one of the oldest known trees in the mountain range," says Leif Kullman, Professor of Physical Geography at Umeå University.
"The average increase in temperature during the Summers over the past hundred years has risen by 1 degree C in the mountain areas," explains Leif Kullman
"My research indicates that spruces have spent winters in places West or Southwest of Norway
where the climate was not as harsh in order to later quickly spread northerly along the ice-free coastal strip," says Leif Kullman
Prof. Leif Kullman
Professor of Physical Geography