Tree With The Deepest Roots

A shepherds tree (Boscia albitrunca) against a rock, Spitzkoppe, Namibia, southern Africa

 

African shepherd's tree (Boscia albitrunca)
African shepherds tree (Boscia albitrunca) South Africa

The tree that holds the record for having the deepest roots is the Boscia albitrunca more commonly known as shepherds tree. It is a protected species native to South Africa. A measurement taken from a shepherd’s tree in Kalahari in 1974 measured in at 68 meters (223 feet)! You would never guess by looking a the tree that it was capable of such a penetrating root system.

Tree and rock, Namibia
A shepherds tree (Boscia albitrunca) against a rock, Spitzkoppe, Namibia, southern Africa

The shepherds tree is capable of growing as high as 10 meters (33 feet) but that is considered exceptional. The average growth is much shorter.