# How to Determine's a Tree's Age WITHOUT Cutting it Down

Updated: May 20, 2022

### Counting rings on a tree is one way to estimate the age of it but what if you want to estimate the age of the tree while it is still living? Well, there is a very simple equation to help get a rough estimate of the age without having to break out the chainsaw. All you need is to know the **type** of tree, a way to measure around the trunk of the tree (*about*** 4 1/2 feet** from the ground), and the **growth factor** of the tree you are measuring (*listed below*).

**type**

**4 1/2 feet**from the ground

**growth factor**