Do You Know… that one of the world’s oldest trees was found in NC?
Believe it! Researchers taking core samples from Black River bald cypress trees in Eastern North Carolina counted their rings (trees typically add one every year) and recently discovered one tree to be at least 2,624 years old.
That’s older than Christianity, the Roman Empire and the English Language, as the Charlotte Observer points out. This makes bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) the oldest known wetland species of tree in the world.
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