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Ancient bald cypress trees of the Black River

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In addition to the tallest mountain and tallest sand dune system on the East Coast, North Carolina is also home to the oldest trees in eastern North America.

Bald cypress trees sit on the bank of the Black River in the Three Sisters swamp, which flows through southeast North Carolina into Cape Fear. They were discovered by University of Arkansas professor David Stahle by accident in the 1980s as he was conducting research on the climate’s relationship to growth rings – and much to his surprise counted many with more than 500 rings.

One tree, known as Methuselah, dates to 364 AD.

– Amanda Fox, The North Carolina 100

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