Animals Wildlife Photo: This Is What the World's Oldest Tree Looks Like By Melissa Breyer Editorial Director Hunter College F.I.T., State University of New York Cornell University Melissa Breyer is Treehugger’s editorial director. She is a sustainability expert and author whose work has been published by the New York Times and National Geographic, among others. our editorial process Melissa Breyer Updated August 13, 2020 Rollie Rodriguez / Flickr Share Twitter Pinterest Email Animals Wildlife Pets Animal Rights Endangered Species Our photo of the day comes from the White Mountains, California. The world's oldest known tree is an ancient bristlecone pine named Methuselah that lives at 10,000 feet above sea level in California. Estimated to be around 5,000 years old, the elder tree's location in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest of the White Mountains has been kept a secret by the forest service – so very few people know exactly what Methuselah looks like. But the ancient bristlecone pine pictured above, photographed by Rollie Rodriguez, could look very much like the storied tree. Maybe it even is Methuselah?! Most of us will never know. Would you like to see your nature photo featured as the TreeHugger photo of the day? Join TreeHugger’s Reader Photo Pool on Flickr and add your pictures to the group.