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The oldest dated tree of Europe livesin the wild Pollino massif:Italus,astrip-bark Heldreich?s pine
Saba, E. Presutti
De Vivo, G.
Di Filippo, A.
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How long do the oldest trees in Europe live? And wheredo they live? Recently, Konter et al. (2017) documented thediscovery in Greece of Adonis, aPinus heldreichiiH.Christwith at least 1,075 tree rings, thus the oldest tree so far scien-tifically dated in Europe. An area of extreme interest to fur-ther explore these questions is the Pollino National Park(southern Italy, see Appendix S2), where maximum cross-dated age of Heldreich?s pine had been previously reportedas approaching a thousand years (Serre-Bachet 1985, Biondi1992). After a 3-yr sampling campaign, we discovered a fewmillennium-old trees living on high-mountain cliffs (1,850?2,150 m a.s.l.) in the Pollino Massif. The oldest sampledtree, which we calledItalus(Fig. 1), became the subject offurther investigation to determine its actual age.
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