Autumn insights from Constantia Uitsig

The resident horticulturalist at Constantia Uitsig shares seasonal tips and some interesting facts about the oldest trees in the world.

Some of the world’s oldest living trees far outlive our human heroes:

– Bristlecone Pine, in the USA is a staggering 5066 years old.

– Patagonian Cypress in Chile is 3645 years old.

– European Olive in Portugal, 3350 years old.

– Giant sequoia in the USA is a mere 3200 in comparison!

Some of our oldest known living trees here in the Cape are the Camphor trees in Vergelegen Estate and the Cellars Hohenort grove, both are similar ages of about 280 years. In comparison, the youngsters are in Kirstenbosch!