Possibly the Oldest Xmas Tree in Existence


A cultural agency in the United Kingdom says it has discovered the oldest living Christmas tree in all of Britain. While the 158-year-old tree hasn’t been used as a holiday decoration in decades, at one time it was uprooted every Christmas season and brought indoors, where it lit up the halls of an English mansion. The tree was then replanted after each holiday season.

In 1856, Thomas Philip de Grey had the tree planted on the grounds of his estate, Wrest Park, which is located in Bedfordshire, England. Recently, gardeners with English Heritage, the organization that now owns and operates this historic estate, unearthed the tree’s festive history.

The gardeners found a reference to the now 100-foot-tall (30 meters) tree in the June 1900 edition of the Gardner’s Chronicle periodical. According to the article, the tree was “planted by the late Mr. Snow in 1856, and must therefore have been one of the first introduced into this country.” [White Christmas: Images of Stunning Snowy Landscapes]

The tree is a giant redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum), indigenous to parts of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. In 1853, a British plant collector named William Lobb brought a few redwood seeds to England, where they were quickly snatched up by horticulturists who had heard of the adult redwood’s magnificent proportions, according to the National Trust, a preservation and conservation society in the United Kingdom.



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22 Responses to Possibly the Oldest Xmas Tree in Existence

  1. Den says:

    Fired up the laptop a bit ago to find the new post ad not gone off as scheduled cuz some doofus put the wrong date in, oops, another holiday boo boo, oh well merry xmas anyway.
    More goodies for all to enjoy:


  2. Den says:

    Mark Fiore and Truthdig Xmas Video:


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Cloudy, no rain before midnight so time to run errands.


  4. º¿carol says:

    I ruined the deviled eggs. Tossed quite a few of them.


  5. º¿carol says:

    Decidedly balmy today. Got up to 50°. We’re owed that temp, this weather, after what we went through at this time last year. We’d had the big ice storm, our kids lost power and moved in with us for several days. The horrible snow hadn’t hit yet, it was waiting in the wings. I’m so happy to have a non-white Christmas.


  6. º¿carol says:

    Didn’t wash my head today, but Doc, I usually wash it every day because I have baby fine hair and it looks like shit unless it gets washed and blown dry.


  7. º¿carol says:

    All I have left to do tonight is finish wrapping the presents. Tomorrow, get the cheese tray ready and try to make that new recipe for Broccoli Salad. I had that at Xmas party a week ago and BOY was it good. Hope mine comes out. Not going to make it until the morning, I’M SICK OF THE KITCHEN for now. Plus my feet want me to sit for awhile.


  8. º¿carol says:

    By the way, imagine digging up a tree, bringing it inside for xmas, then replanting it. EVERY YEAR! No thank you.


  9. Tim Hodges says:

    65 here in eastern KY. Messing with nature. 2nd day in a row at 60 or above. Observed a bee in the back yard today. It will be in for disappointment come Thursday when snow and much colder weather hits. .


  10. David B. Benson says:

    Missy, sans kittens, sitting on fence.


  11. David B. Benson says:

    The Moscow Times is back.


  12. Den says:

    My kitties are gender neutral, unreproduceable mouse and Vole gitters.


  13. Den says:

    Brandy-thirty here on my watch, followed by copious amounts of sleep, so it is here were I bid a g’nite to all and to all a g’nite!


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