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Are there trees with a normal lifespan of 25 years or less?

  1. rmcrayne profile image97
    rmcrayneposted 6 years ago

    Are there trees with a normal lifespan of 25 years or less?

    My mom had a large healthy pine tree that abruptly died one year.  Someone told her that variety of pine only lives about 25 years!  My folks would have chosen something different if they had known that.  Is this true?  Are there other trees that "die young".

  2. sarovai profile image77
    sarovaiposted 6 years ago

    There is no such trees which has lifespan of 25years. Pine species lifespan goes minimum for 100 to 200years. same pine species , white pine lifespan is 450years average. Unfavorable conditions only make a tree to die. Otherwise, you can opt for redwood ,where the lifespan is  more than 1000years.

  3. catalystsnstars profile image73
    catalystsnstarsposted 6 years ago

    There are only conditions that lead to a tree dying young, but you'll notice that even something as small as a rose bush can last through generations if well taken care of. This is not to imply that your parents have done anything to "kill" their tree but with the wishy-washy weather we've been having don't be surprised if the plants in your landscape aren't doing well.

    Depending on the kind of tree they had, and their location, it could really be a number of issues but to answer your question, no most trees don't have less than a span of twenty-five years unless stunted in some ways. Make sure they are not fruiting trees though, because those could become easily infested due to pests and what not.

    Do your parents a favor and look into the type of soil they have. If it's muddy soil, it can actually keep the tree from being able to root itself properly, as well as acquire the proper amount of water. Also, make sure the tree is suitable for the region your parents live in. Also look into termites and the type of mulch used.

  4. cerey_runyon profile image73
    cerey_runyonposted 6 years ago

    For the most part trees do not adhere to a specific life span. Nevertheless there are (as anything in nature) exceptions) Large old Oak trees rarely live beyond Three Hundred years; this is do to the fact that they are prone to disease and because of the nature of the cellular structure and their excessive weight and lean closer to the base of the supporting branches of the canopy. Branches then develop fissures and cracks sometimes within (unseen). Or they just get so big they fall over.
    Now Mankind has created many hybrids which have nearly an exact 25 year life span, most common of these is your Leyland Cypress and many varieties of Pine trees, especially the Monterey Pine. This was done (in the lab) to create a fast growing, limited life-span tree for the sole reason of "making money"
    There is a lot to this topic; email me for more info: cerey_runyon@yahoo.com
    The landscape business is BIG BUSINESS and the more revenue that can be created in the maintenance of peoples landscapes through manipulation will be executed. Unfortunately, many of these "hybrid" trees destroy peoples homes, landscapes and sometimes their very lives.