Pines and Cedars are the most long-lived trees. These conifers are abundant along the West Coast of the United States where they live as long as 3,000 to 4,000 years, or in the case of bristlecone pines, nearly 5,000 years.
True, some events on earth are unquestionably linked with the sunspot cycle. When sunspots are at their maximum, the entire sun is more active. It is slightly brighter-by about 0.1 percent-than when sunspots are at a minimum. Also, the gigantic eruptions of hot gas from the surface of the sun-solar flares-are more numerous.