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Giant Sequoias and Redwoods: The Largest and Tallest Trees

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Giant sequoias and California redwoods (also called coast redwoods) are nature's skyscrapers. These enormous trees exist primarily in Northern California, Oregon and Washington and though they have a number of common characteristics, including distinctive cinnamon-red bark, they are different species.

Giant sequoias

Giant sequoias can grow to be about 30 feet (9 meters) in diameter and more than 250 feet (76 m) tall. The biggest of these behemoths is General Sherman, a giant sequoia in Sequoia National Park. General Sherman stands 275 feet (84 m) tall, has a 102-foot (31 m) circumference, and weighs an incredible 2.7 million lbs. (1.2 million kilograms). 

Giant sequoias can live to 3,000 years, with the oldest on record living more than 3,500 years. When they die, it is often indirectly because of root rot or another weakening of the base. Fire, root rot and dry spells do not typically affect the whole tree but if they destabilize the base, gravity can eventually take the tree down, according to Scientific American. This process takes a long time, as evidenced by the fact that sequoias are some of the longest living organisms on the planet.  

Mature sequoias lack branches on the lower half of their trunks. Sequoia trunks taper as they rise, forming a rounded top where individual branches sweep downward. Their green leaves are small, scale-like, and arranged in spirals. Both male and females cones are carried on the same tree. 

Sequoias grow naturally along the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, between 5,000 and 7,000 feet (1,524 and 2,134 m) above sea level and far inland. That elevation provides the trees with dry mountain air necessary for their cones to open and release seeds. The snowpack from the Sierra Nevada provides sequoias with the thousands of gallons of water every day. Sequoias have shallow roots and require well-drained soil.

Because of its brittle texture, the sequoia is not a valuable lumber species. It was, nevertheless, logged extensively around the turn of the 20th century. Originally, sequoias could be found throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Today, they are found only in 77 scattered groves in Northern California. Among the places that preserve giant sequoias are Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia National Park, and Giant Sequoia National Monument.

A woman stands against a giant sequoia in Sequoia National Park in California. (Image credit: Rob van Esch Shutterstock )

Droughts in California have scientists worried about sequoia health. The drought of the 2010s left many sequoias stressed from lack of water, according to Scientific American. Though sequoias usually die under their own weight, recently scientists have seen some die still standing, and others exhibiting symptoms of dehydration, including brown foliage at the top of the tree. One scientist told PBS in 2015, "The trees are definitely as stressed as we've ever seen giant sequoia."

Not all giant sequoia are suffering from the drought, however. Deborah Zierten, education and interpretation manager with the Save the Redwoods League told LiveScience that a giant sequoia's response to drought is dependent on location. "There are some parks where they have seen a decline in recent years and others where the growth seems to be the same." The differences could be attributed to fire suppression, weather, location and amount of snowmelt exposure, and density of the trees. "There could be competition in some areas," Zierten said.

Fire suppression is another threat to giant sequoias. "Giant sequoias are very dependent on fire," said Zierten. Fire helps release the seeds from their cones, recycle nutrients in the soil, reduce competition from other trees, remove undergrowth and expose bare soil in which new seedlings can take root and open holes in the forest canopy, which let in sunlight for young seedlings.  

"There's been a lot of fire suppression over the last 100 or so years," said Zierten. "Some of the parks are trying to reintroduce fire to clear out that understory and stimulate growth."

Researchers are working to understand how climate change is and will continue to affect giant sequoias. Lack of precipitation from snowmelt will probably be the biggest threat, said Zierten. Increased wildfires could also impact sequoias. 

Redwoods

These tallest of trees reach heights of more than 350 feet (107 m). The tallest tree in the world is named Hyperion, which reaches 379.7 feet (115.7 m). Redwoods can achieve a diameter of 24 feet (7 m), and 1.6 million lbs. (725,700 kg). These giants can live to be 2,000 years old and have graced the planet for more than 240 million years. Though they once thrived throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere, today redwoods are only found on the coast from central California through southern Oregon. They do not live more than 50 miles inland, and are usually found in long belts, rather than small groves.

True to their name, coast redwoods need a moderate, coastal climate to survive. They require the area's frequent fog to protect them from dry spells and drought. Like sequoias, redwoods require abundant water to drink and have shallow root systems. Redwoods, however, get their water from rain rather than snowmelt, and therefore require consistent rainfall throughout the year. They even "create" their own rain by trapping fog in their lofty branches. With the right amount of moisture, redwoods can grow two or three feet in a year, making them one of the fastest-growing conifers in the world.

In contrast to their size, redwoods have extremely small cones — about one inch long. They have appropriately large root systems, however, often extending 100 feet (30 meters) and intertwining with the roots of other redwoods, according to the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Baby redwoods often sprout at their parents' base, latching onto their roots for nutrients. For this reason, they often grow in circular clusters sometimes called fairy rings.

The coast redwood's lumber has been highly valued historically. It is durable, resistant to rot and termites, non-warping, and relatively soft. For this reason, it has been extensively logged. Since logging began in the 1850s, 95 percent of old-growth coast redwoods have been cut down, according to the Sempervirens Fund. Today, many redwoods exist in protected forests and parks.

The changing climate presents problems for redwoods. A warmer climate may result in less rain, and perhaps more concerning, less fog, which has historically been the tree's defense against dry spells, according to an ongoing study by a group of University of California-based researchers. Fog in northern California and Oregon is on the decline because of climate change and the expanding human population along the coasts, which produce "urban heat islands," according to a UC Merced researcher with the study. 

On the other hand, a long-term study conducted by the Save the Redwoods League found that coastal redwoods have seen unprecedented growth over the last 100 years. They are still trying to understand why but one theory involves lessening fog in those areas. "We can't necessarily attribute the spike in growth to any one particular thing, but we know there has been a decrease in fog in the last 100 years," said Zierten. "This means sunnier days, and on sunnier days they are able to photosynthesize a lot. That could be a possibility."

Climate change

Many studies suggest that redwoods and sequoias may also play an important part in mitigating climate change, according to Zierten. The trees have the ability to pull in and store dangerous carbon, keeping it from wreaking havoc on the climate. "Ancient redwood forests store at least three times more carbon above ground than any other forests on Earth," according to a Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative study. 

Zierten emphasized that these studies have focused on ancient, or old-growth, forests. The trees there are bigger so they are able to store more carbon. "Because they are such long-lived trees, they are able to keep that carbon in their wood for a very, very long time," she said. "But it's really about the forest, not the individual trees. Even the fallen logs store carbon, as do the under-story plants." 

For this reason, Zierten recommends that conservation organizations focus on preserving and restoring the old-growth forests that we still have, rather than planting more and more trees. "With second-growth forests, one of our goals is to do restoration to make sure they become the old-growth forests of the future," she says. "A huge area of the range is second-growth. We need to take what we have and make sure the forests are healthy and continue to thrive." 

Restoration efforts depend on the species and location, but some common techniques include "prescribed burning, clearing out understory, thinning, cutting down smaller trees to give big trees more room to grow and invasive plant removal," said Zierten. The Save the Redwoods League also restores creeks and removes some of the many roads that were built during logging booms and cause erosion. 

Furthermore, the iconic status of California redwoods may help maintain public interest in saving these climate-helping trees. Zierten encourages West-Coasters and visitors alike to explore redwoods and sequoias in places beyond Muir Woods and Sequoia National Park. "There are 93 parks that conserve redwood and sequoias," she said.  

Other facts

  • In 1881, in Yosemite National Park, a tunnel was built through the Wawona "Tunnel" tree. It was so big that people could drive their carriages — later their cars — right through. The 2,100-year-old tree fell in 1969 under heavy snowfall (some blame the tunnel's damage). Today, there are three other privately owned tunnel trees that charge a fee to drive through. On January 8, 2017, a massive storm brought down Pioneer Cabin Tree, a popular tunnel tree that the California Department of Parks and Recreation estimated at 100 feet tall. 
  • A fallen coast redwood will often send up new shoots, growing new trees off of its trunk. This is called a candelabra tree.
  • Redwoods and giant sequoias were used to build many of the original buildings in San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento in the latter 1800s.
  • Redwoods and giant sequoias are adept at — though by no means immune to — surviving fire. Their bark contains no flammable pitch or resin and is extremely thick.

Additional resources

  • Save the Redwoods League
  • National Park Service: Sequoia & Kings Canyon
  • NPS: Redwood National and State Parks

Coast Redwoods | Save the Redwoods League

Coast Redwoods Facts

Coast Redwoods Facts
FACT WHERE COMPARE
Tallest Tree: 380 feet Redwood National and State Parks As tall as a 37-story building
Widest Tree: 29.2 feet Redwood National and State Parks The length of 2 Volkswagen Beetles
Remaining old-growth forest: 110,000 acres (5% of original) From southern Oregon to Central California About size of San Jose
Total protected redwood forest: 382,000 acres (23% of their range) From southern Oregon to Central California The size of Houston
Privately owned redwood forest: 1. 2 million acres (77% of their range) From southern Oregon to Central California The size of 4 Rio De Janeiros

To learn more, visit our Redwood Forest Facts page.


About Coast Redwoods

The Tallest Trees In The World

Coast Redwood Height Comparison

Standing at the base of Earth’s tallest tree, the coast redwood, is one of life’s most humbling and amazing experiences. These California trees can reach higher than a 30-floor skyscraper (more than 320 feet), so high that the tops are out of sight.

Their trunks can grow more than 27 feet wide, about eight paces by an average adult person! Even more incredible: These trees can live for more than 2,000 years. Some coast redwoods living today were alive during the time of the Roman Empire.

History

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Redwoods once grew throughout the Northern Hemisphere. The first redwood fossils date back more than 200 million years to the Jurassic period. Before commercial logging and clearing began in the 1850s, coast redwoods naturally occurred in an estimated 2 million acres (the size of three Rhode Islands) along California’s coast from south of Big Sur to just over the Oregon border. When gold was discovered in 1849, hundreds of thousands of people came to California, and redwoods were logged extensively to satisfy the explosive demand for lumber and resources. Today, only 5 percent of the original old-growth coast redwood forest remains, along a 450-mile coastal strip. Most of the coast redwood forest is now young. The largest surviving stands of ancient coast redwoods are found in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Redwood National and State Parks and Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

The native people of California did not typically cut down coast redwoods, but used fallen trees to make planks for houses and hollowed out logs for canoes. The natives also regularly used common redwood forest plants. Read more about uses of redwood forest plants through our Redwood Forest Plant Guide.

Biology

The coast redwood is one of the world’s fastest-growing conifers, or cone-bearing trees. In contrast to the tree’s size, redwood cones are very small — only about an inch long. Each cone contains a few dozen tiny seeds: it would take well over 100,000 seeds to weigh a pound! In good conditions, redwood seedlings grow rapidly, sometimes more than a foot annually. Young trees also sprout from the base of their parent’s trunk, taking advantage of the energy and nutrient reserves contained within the established root system.

Frequent, naturally occurring fires play an important role in maintaining coast redwood forests because they rid the forest floor of combustible materials. Forest fires create space for redwood seedlings (and other plants) to grow. In contrast, decades of fire suppression practices usually result in the accumulation of dead plant material that may fuel intense, destructive fires.

Redwoods can usually survive natural forest fires because of their thick (up to 12 inches), protective bark. Redwoods get their name from the beautiful reddish hue of their bark. Redwood bark is soft, fibrous and rich in tannins (which help prevent insect damage). You can learn more about the impact of fire on our redwood and sequoia forests through our blog.

Where coast redwoods live, temperatures are moderate year-round. Heavy rains provide the trees with much-needed water during the winter months and dense summer fog contributing moisture to the forest during the dry summer months. Redwoods even create their own “rain” by capturing fog on their leaves. The coastal fog condenses on redwood needles creating water droplets. Some of the water is absorbed by the needles and some drips to the ground, providing water to the redwood forest understory. You can learn more about the relationship of redwood forest plants and fog through our research grants.

In recent years, scientists have discovered that life abounds in the canopy (the tops of old trees) and on the forest floor. Canopy research supported by Save the Redwoods League has revealed that many species can live in the redwood canopy, including worms, salamanders and plants such as Sitka spruce, ferns and huckleberry.

Learn more about these majestic trees and download the California’s Redwood State Parks brochure.


Conservation

Since 1918, Save the Redwoods League has been working to protect, restore and conserve our remaining redwood forests. We have helped protect redwood forests and surrounding land totaling more than 200,000 acres (about the size of New York City). Our conservation work depends on close partnerships with scientists, land managers, industries and other land conservation organizations. We’re the only organization with the type of comprehensive approach needed to ensure that forests that take one thousand years to grow will be here for another thousand years.

You can learn more about our conservation work by visiting our protect and restore pages.


Research

To help protect redwood forests, we must continue to study them. There is still much we do not know about these towering giants and their surrounding forests. Through our Research Grants Program we have learned that:

  • Redwood forests are affected by the tree disease commonly known as “sudden oak death.” Sudden oak death kills tanoak trees, a redwood forest inhabitant. When tanoaks die, extra brush is created, increasing fire intensity by three to four times than those in forests not affected by the disease.
  • Amphibian species are also affected by the destruction of old-growth forests. Researchers found fewer than half as many animals at a property containing young, very small, mostly second-growth trees than at adjacent parkland containing undisturbed forests.
  • To increase the population of martens, which depend on old-growth forests for their home, researchers found that suitable marten habitat can be created by planting understory shrubs like rhododendron and evergreen huckleberry, strategically removing roads and installing “rest boxes” for the animals.

You can read more about League-funded research projects on our research grants page.

Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative

To meet the pressing need for research on how redwoods can survive sweeping environmental changes, the League and redwoods scientists launched the multiyear Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative. Our goal is to create a comprehensive climate adaptation strategy for the redwoods. These findings will help focus League efforts on where to protect and restore redwood forestland according to climate change forecasts.

Working on scales from leaves to landscapes, no other team of investigators in the world has the unique and complementary skills to conduct this integrated 10-year investigation of redwoods. The investigation includes a network of forest plots that can be monitored for more than 100 years. This program will yield data-based solutions to protect redwoods in a changing world. Read about our initial results on our Understanding Climate Change pages.


Visit the Redwoods

Check out our free resources that will help you plan your trips and learn more about the forests. You’ll find an interactive trip planning tool, redwood forest guides, events and a live webcam.


You Can Help

Today, it takes a community including private landowners, parks, local communities, scientists and our supporters to safeguard redwood forests. Together, we protect redwood forests from threats such as unsustainable development; restore the forests we have lost; and connect people to these towering wonders of nature. With your help, we can leave the forests — and the world — in a better place than we found them.

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90,000 Sequoias are the tallest trees in the world. The tallest tree in the world is a sequoia

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There are many trees all over the planet whose parameters have been exaggerated and are very controversial. Despite this, with the help of state-of-the-art instruments, such as a laser rangefinder and falling tape measurements, the height of the largest trees has been measured. Our Big Rating magazine has prepared a list for you - the tallest trees in the world. The list describes the ten tallest trees on the planet that have remained the same for centuries. Some of these trees are so tall that they cannot even be photographed in full size. The dense canopy is also the reason these trees cannot be captured in full size.

Tree height - 112.20 meters
This tree is located in Montgomery Woods (a nature reserve in the United States). Mendocino was the tallest tree on the planet between 1996 and 2000. This huge sequoia grows next to others, but if you look at the trees from top to bottom, then this giant is much taller than its brothers, something like this looks like a teacher among the kids in the kindergarten.

Tree height - 112.56 meters
Paradox is located in the forest of John Davison Rockefeller, in Humboldt (United States) and it was considered the tallest tree on the planet, in a short period from 1995 to 1996. If we compare the diameters of the trunk with the tenth number of our list, then the Paradox is significantly inferior (3.9 m and 4.19 m). And in order to find this tree, scientists needed to make remarkable efforts, because there was no photo and the exact position of this giant at that time. Among all the tallest trees, this tree is considered the most beautiful.

Tree height - 112.6 meters
Next to the ninth place on our list, another giant is growing - Rockefeller. This tree bears the name of a billionaire who became famous not only for his huge income, but also for the very respectable age to which he managed to live. The long and slender trunk of this giant is admired by all who are lucky enough to behold it. But this is not the easiest task, since few people know the exact position of the tree, this is done on purpose to save this miracle of nature from the hands of vandals. In addition, Rockefeller practically does not differ from his fellows, if you look at him from below. Until now, no one has established the exact diameter of the trunk.

The height of the tree is 112.62 meters
The giant from Humboldt is again on the list of the tallest trees in the world. Its pioneers are Paul Zinke and Al Strangerburger. This giant is similar to other sequoias that grow nearby, it is a whole ecosystem in which birds make nests, various beetles live, lichens grow and many other living organisms. A very interesting fact - Lauralyn can be easily found, its location is not classified.

The height of the tree is 112.63 meters
This magnificent giant is located in California. Its most accurate coordinates are Redwood National Park. To find this tree, you just need to make superhuman efforts - the giant grows very densely with two huge sequoias, but if you look from above, it is twice as tall as all nearby counterparts. This is a very ancient tree, it has been growing on the planet for more than 1.5 thousand years.

The height of the tree is 112. 71 meters
A giant with an unusual name that belongs to the redwoods. Its opening date is 1994 year. From the moment of its discovery, it was considered the tallest tree on the planet, and it carried this title for just over a year. To find the National Geographic Society, you will have to visit the Redwood Creek, walk along its banks, since the exact location of the tree is unknown. The diameter of this giant is 4.39 meters.

The height of the tree is 113.11 meters
And again in our rating is a tree whose location is the Humboldt National Park. It was found in 2000, and then its height reached 112.34 meters, but it continued to grow upwards. Now the height of this giant is 113.11 meters. Like many other redwoods, the exact location of the Stratospheric Giant is kept secret in order to save this living ecosystem from detractors. In addition, it will not be easy to find it anyway, since other sequoias grow densely next to it.

The height of the tree is 113. 14 meters
The third place in our top is sequoia, the discoverers of which are Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor. The tree is located in Redwood National Park, California. This giant got his name for the dead, burnt out from the sun "up". In addition to Icarus, in the forest belt there is also a huge number of sequoias with a burnt-out "crown", so it is not so easy to intentionally find this giant. Like most of the trees on our list, Icarus is hidden from the curious in order to avoid any interference with its ecosystem.

Tree height - 114.58 meters
Again, Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor, already known to us, discovered another giant in the national park, in Redwood. The exact opening date is unknown, it is only known that it was July 2006. This giant does not differ much from the first place in our rating and its exact location, almost like all other trees on our list, is unknown.

The height of the tree is 115.61 meters
In the first place in our rating of giant trees is the sequoia, the location of which is Northern California, which is called Hyperion. This is a relatively young tree, the age of Hyperion is 7-8 centuries. In terms of volume, its trunk holds 502 m³. This giant was discovered by Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor. The geographic location of the tree is Redwood National Park. Scientists believe that this giant could have been higher, but woodpeckers gouged its top. Even with a damaged top, this tree remains the tallest in the world, last measured in 2015.

Sequoia

Sequoia, also known as redwood, is one of the tallest tree species on the planet. Only “pretty fir” (the second name is Douglas fir) and Australian eucalyptus trees can compete with sequoia in terms of height, but the largest representatives of this species were destroyed. Hyperion was also subject to destruction at one time, but in 1979 Redwood became a National Park and deforestation was prohibited in it. Today there are many sequoias that exceed a hundred meters in length, but there is not a single living tree of another species that exceeds at least a hundred meters.

Although Hyperion is the tallest tree, in other parameters, such as volume, weight and age, it is inferior to another sequoia - General Sherman. In height, General Sherman reaches only 83.8 meters, but its weight is record - 1900 tons, the volume of the trunk is 1487 m³, and in terms of age, it is almost twice ahead of its closest opponents - 2.3-2.7 centuries.

The tallest tree in the world - Hyperion

Until August 2006, the title of "tallest tree in the world" belonged to a giant 112.7-meter sequoia, nicknamed "stratospheric giant". It is located in Humboldt National Park, California. To give you some idea of ​​the massive size of this tree, let's say it's twice the height of the Statue of Liberty, minus the foundation. But the giant lost its status when two naturalists, Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor, stumbled across a cluster of trees in California's Redwood National Park that were taller than any they had seen before. They made preliminary measurements using professional laser equipment, and found not one or two, but three trees that were taller than the "stratospheric giant".

Hyperion – “too tall”

The tallest tree in the world, which bears the name Hyperion, reaches 115 meters. If it’s hard for you to imagine such a huge tree, then imagine Big Ben from London, its height is 96.3 meters, and it is much lower than this giant. But this giant could be even higher, but the woodpeckers managed to damage the "top" of the tree. Therefore, Hyperion began to grow more slowly upwards. When its discoverers announced their discovery, scientists led by ecologist Steve Sillet arrived on the spot, who, upon arrival in Redwood, announced his desire to measure the sequoia. He personally climbed to the top of the tree and lowered the tape from above to the ground. The moment was captured by National Geographic.

Hyperion is lucky, because in 1970, there was an active deforestation, a few tens of kilometers away. All half a month remained until the moment when the lumberjack's ax would have landed on the trunk of a tree, but then Redwood was given the status of a National Park. The logging company that worked at that time functioned literally for days, without interruptions, and harvested expensive mahogany wood, and destroyed ancient forests, without any pity. Sequoias have been growing there since the first man entered the valley. The vast array of trees from which specimens no smaller than Hyperion could grow were out of luck. They were cut down and now only 4% of all existing sequoias in the United States remain.

Sequoia Conservation

By sequoia standards, Hyperion is a very young tree that has yet to grow and grow. Sillet suggests that the exact age of the tree is about 6 centuries, and that this corresponds to twenty years in terms of human life. The exact coordinates of Hyperion's location are unknown, due to avoiding the crush of tourists near a huge sequoia. This is also done due to the fact that the fragile ecosystem of the tree can be disturbed and this will damage Hyperion too much. Because, in addition to admiring the sequoia, people can take a piece of bark for themselves as a souvenir or carve something like “John and Mary were here” on an old tree.

According to Silette himself, a tree cannot, like a man, hide from journalists and there are many stories that prove to us that something very bad happens to famous trees. It is still unknown whether Hyperion is the tallest mahogany or just the tallest tree known to us. After all, as many as 96% of red trees were destroyed by lumberjacks.

The tallest tree ever measured

In the 21st century, the tallest tree in the world was measured and it was not a sequoia, but a mountain ash. 1872 - A report by state forest ranger William Ferguson describes a fallen and scorched mountain ash (the second name is the regal eucalyptus), the height of which before the fall was 132 meters. At the same time, several trees were recorded that reached 140 meters in height. But, unfortunately, it is impossible to verify this information: each of these trees was cut down, since mountain ash is an important building material for Australians.

The tallest eucalyptus was in Tasmania. Its height reaches one hundred meters, and it bears the majestic name "Centurion". This eucalyptus bears the title of the tallest living deciduous tree on the planet. It was discovered back in 2008, using a laser that was installed on an airplane. The original goal was to measure terrain height differences, forest heights, and measure forest biomass.

The flora of the planet Earth is striking in its diversity. The "lungs" of the Earth - forests and groves - have attracted the attention of people for a long time. A huge number of species and forms of trees made them objects of study.

There are many ratings of the largest trees, the oldest, the most cold-resistant ... We present a rating of the tallest trees in the world. Historically, the most remarkable specimens grow on the American and Australian continents.

Tallest trees in Australia: legend and reality

Back in the 19th century, there were no measuring instruments that would allow us to name the exact height of a tree - up to a centimeter. Therefore, people who met giant eucalyptus trees in the Australian forests had to take their word for it. In 1872, an Australian resident reported that he had found a eucalyptus 150 meters high in the forest. But, alas, there was no documentary evidence of this.

The tallest tree in Australia, which was measured already in the middle of the 20th century, is a copy of the royal eucalyptus, and its height is significantly inferior to 150 meters. It grows on Mount Bau Bau in Queensland and reaches a height of 99.4 meters. The second tree of the same species comparable in height is located in the valley of the river Styx, which flows in Tasmania. Its height is 98.1 meters, and its name is Centurion.

America's tallest trees: sequoia

Sequoias claim to be the absolute leader - these coniferous giants grow mainly on the West Coast of the United States, off the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Sequoias received a generic name in honor of one of the legendary Indian leaders of the Cherokee tribe.


Moreover, many trees, recognized as unique because of their large size, have personal names.


About 150 million years ago, forests entirely composed of these giants covered almost the entire American continent. Now their habitat is limited to thirty relatively small groves on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

The ten tallest trees in the world grow in one region of the world - California, USA. The exact location of some of them is kept secret, and it is difficult to find their photos on the Web. This was done on purpose - so that curious tourists would not make pilgrimages to the sequoias and let them grow quietly.


Interestingly, at the end of the 19th century, when the redwood groves were given the status of national parks, rangers began to monitor forest fires and prevent their spread. It would seem that this is a good and right thing to do. However, a few years later it turned out that during this time not a single young sequoia tree appeared in the groves.


The solution looked paradoxical, but turned out to be correct. It turned out that forest fires are necessary in the life cycle of redwoods. This is one of the few trees in the world that has managed to adapt to fire.


Under the influence of high temperature, the sequoia cone opens, the seed falls into the ground and has a chance to germinate. And a forest fire at this time burns out fallen needles and foliage and allows the earth to “breathe”.

Top 10 tallest trees in the world: sequoias

10. Now the tenth tallest tree in the world is the Mendocino tree, which grows in Montgomery Woods, California, USA. Height - 112.20 meters. The barrel volume is 4.19 meters.


9. In ninth place is a sequoia called Paradox, which grows in Rockefeller Forest. Height - 112.56 meters, trunk volume - 3.90 meters.



7. A sequoia named Lauraline grows in the same Humboldt County. Its height is estimated at 112.62 meters, diameter - 4.54 meters.


6. The sixth tallest sequoia in the world is Orion. It grows in Redwood National Park in San Mateo County. Height - 112, 63 meters, trunk volume - 4.33 meters.

Five of the tallest trees in the world

5. Sequoia, named after the National Geographic Society (NGS), is considered to be the property of the surroundings of the Redwood Creek. Height - 112.71 meters. The barrel volume is 4.39 meters.


The editors of the site clarifies: it is easy to see that these trees do not differ much in height and in the rating they neighbor quite tightly. The unofficial title of the first among the giants passed from one instance to another several times. Throughout the year - from 1994 to 1995 - NGS sequoia was considered the highest in the world.

4. The giant of the Stratosphere - a sequoia with a height of 113.11 meters - was discovered in the summer of 2000. Then its size was slightly smaller, but the tree still continues to grow. From 2000 to 2010, the size of the Stratospheric Giant grew by seventy centimeters - from 112.34 meters.


3. The three tallest trees in the world are closed by a sequoia named Icarus. Height - 113.14 meters, trunk volume - 3.78 meters. Icarus got its name for the sun-scorched, reddened dead top.


2. The second tallest tree in the world is called Helios and grows along one of the tributaries of Redwood Creek. Its height reaches 114.58 meters. For literally two and a half months - from June to August 2006 - Helios was considered the highest in the world. However, an even more imposing tree was soon discovered on the other side of the river.

The tallest tree in the world: Hyperion

1. Now officially the tallest tree in the world is a tree called Hyperion. This is a sequoia that grows on the opposite bank from its fellow, Helios. Hyperion has held the championship in size since August 25, 2006, when it was discovered by two naturalists. The height of Hyperion is 115.61 meters, the girth is 4.84 meters.


The total volume of this tree is 502 cubic meters. It is also known that its age by the standards of the species is quite small - 700-800 years. Sequoias live for four thousand years.

However, Hyperion will no longer grow upwards. The top of Hyperion was damaged by motley woodpeckers, who dug several hollows in the very top of the trunk. The top of the trunk has lost its nutrition, and now Hyperion will only grow in width.


And the Helios sequoia, which is now the world's second-largest tree, is growing at two inches a year, according to environmentalists, and in a few years Hyperion may lose the title of the tallest tree in the world to it.

There are only 30 groves left in the world where sequoias grow. This is a rare species, and environmentalists are trying to support it - grow it specially in British Columbia (Canada) and carefully protect nature reserves with sequoias. We invite you to read about endangered species of animals - the populations of the rarest are up to several dozen individuals.
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Today the tallest tree in the world is the Hyperion sequoia.

The height of this tree is 115.6 m. The diameter of the trunk is 4.84 m. It grows in the USA, California. Approximate age 700 - 800 years. This tree was discovered in 2006 by Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor. You will not find real photographs of this tree, since its location is kept secret.

In today's world, only two types of trees are considered the tallest. These are eucalyptus trees that grow on mainland Australia, and North American sequoias.

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The tallest tree among the eucalyptus trees.

Eucalyptus - the tallest evergreen flowering plant on the planet, belonging to the myrtle family, genus - eucalyptus. They grow mainly in Australia and Tasmania. Australian eucalyptus trees are the tallest trees in the world. Their height can reach 100-150 m.

There was a time when the tallest tree belonged to the genus Eucalyptus. A specimen is known that has grown to 189 m. To date, the highest eucalyptus "Centurion", growing on the island of Tasmania and having a height of 101 m, and a trunk diameter of 4 m. It was discovered in 2008.

"Centurion"

"El Grande"

A huge eucalyptus called "El Grande" was discovered in 2002 on the island of Tasmania. Unfortunately, in 2003 he died due to a fire.

The tallest tree in the world is the sequoia.

Sequoia is one of the tallest trees on earth. This monotypic genus, which includes only one species of woody plants, belongs to the cypress family. The area of ​​\u200b\u200bdistribution of this plant is the Pacific coast of North America.

Until 2000, the tallest tree was considered to be a sequoia belonging to the species - Sequoia sempervirens.

This Mendocino tree is 112.2 m high and 4. 19 in diameter.m. It is located in the USA, California.

The oldest clone tree on the planet is Tikko.

Old Tikko - spruce, which is 9550 years old. More precisely, this is the age of its root system. This tree is located on Mount Fulufjellet in Sweden. It is the world's oldest single living clone tree. It was discovered by Leif Kullman, a professor of physical geography, who named this tree after his dog. The visible part of the tree is young, but it is part of the old root system. Over thousands of years, a tree can clone itself many times. The old tree dies and a new one grows.

The oldest tree

The oldest single tree is Methuselah.

This spiny intermontane pine was discovered in 1953 by botanist Edmund Shulman. The approximate age of the tree is 4846 years. It was planted in 2831 BC. To date, this tree is considered alive and it grows in the Inyo National Forest in California (USA) at an altitude of 3000 meters above sea level.

The thickest tree is Thule.

This tree grows in Mexico, in the city of Santa Maria del Tule. The height of the tree is 40 m, the diameter of the trunk is 14 m, the circumference is 40, and the weight is 636 tons. If 30 people join hands, they can embrace this tree. On the trunk of this tree you can see the figures of animals: a lion, a crocodile, an elephant. This tree may have inspired the creators of the "Tree of Life" in the Animal Kingdom in Florida.

Mysterious "tree of life".

In Florida, in the Animal Kingdom Park, there is such a tree of life. The height of this tree is 44 meters. 12 craftsmen worked to create a tree that depicts many animals. The tree itself is artificial. There is a cinema inside it.

The loneliest tree is Tenere.

In the Tener desert, which is part of the Sahara, located in the north-east of Niger, until 1973, a lone acacia grew, which was 300 years old. Not a single plant grew in the vicinity of it for 200 km. For caravaners, the crown of the tree served as a guide in the desert. To extract water from the ground, the roots of the tree sprouted 36 meters down. Due to the fault of a drunk driver, this tree was broken. In its place now stands a metal monument resembling a tree.

Tree of "Life"

In the Kingdom of Bahrain - a small Arab state, in the desert near the city of Jebel - Dukhan grows the same lonely tree as Tener once was, but a living 400 year old tree - Shajarat-al-Hayat. The tree belongs to the species Prosopis cineraria, whose roots go 50 meters underground.

The oldest oak - the chapel

Thanks to the botanist Henri Gadot de Kerville since 1932, this oak has been considered a historical monument of France. There is a possibility that the tree is over 800 years old. Its height is 15 meters, the circumference is 16 meters. Inside the oak there are two chapels, which are reached by a spiral staircase. Every year this chapel is visited by up to 40 thousand people.

Trees. Fight for life.

Socotra Island, Yemen.

Canada. Port of Renfrew. Small tree on a log.

City of Kalaloh. Washington.

Crimea. On the way to the Foros church.

The tallest tree in Russia is fir, a coniferous tree belonging to the pine family.

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There are a very large number of tall trees on Earth. Trees grow in different parts of the world, which are called the highest on the planet. In some cases, the dimensions are exaggerated, but there are also trees that amaze the imagination with their dimensions. With the advent of the latest height measurement tools, there is more reliable information about the true size of the largest trees in the world.

Thanks to modern technology, people have been able to measure the true height of these colossi of the plant world. Laser-based rangefinders, falling tape meters, etc. were used for the measurement. The researchers managed to form the ten tallest trees in the world, which are so huge that you can only take a “full-length” photo of them by rising to a certain height. Many of these giants continue to grow.

The tallest tree in the world

The location of many trees is a mystery, so finding their photo is very difficult. Despite the fact that Hyperion is the tallest tree in the world, its mass is far from the most impressive. According to this indicator, the colossal sequoia General Sherman is out of competition. Despite the relatively small height (83.8 m.), The general has a record weight of 1.9thousand tons with a trunk volume of a phenomenal 1.5 thousand square meters. Scientists are sure that the sequoia General Sherman is at least 2.7 thousand years old.

Mendocino is ranked tenth

Mendocino is one of America's largest trees

A huge 112.2 m high sequoia is located in the Montgomery Woods nature reserve in the United States. From 1996 to 2000 Mendocino was considered the tallest tree on the planet. Not far from the giant, there are a lot of sequoias, but, compared to Mendocino, they look like a kindergarten teacher surrounded by children.

Paradox - ninth in the list


Paradox, height 112.5 meters

A 112.5 m high tree located in a forest area owned by billionaire J. Rockefeller near the town of Humboldt (USA). The diameter of the Paradox trunk is 3.9 m, which is somewhat smaller than that of Mendocino (4.19 m). Sequoia was discovered by accident, the researchers who saw the tree for the first time were amazed by its beauty. Paradox rises majestically above the forest, under its dense crown a company of soldiers can hide in the shade.

Rockefeller - occupies the eighth position in the ranking


Rockefeller ranked 8th

Another giant tree associated with the famous billionaire. Rockefeller is a 112.6 m tall sequoia located relatively close to Paradox in the Humbold Redwood National Forest. The name in honor of the billionaire is symbolic - the tree is very old, like an entrepreneur respected in the USA.

Sequoia is distinguished by its height, slenderness and crown density. Those who were lucky enough to see Rockefeller remembered him for a lifetime. By the way, seeing a tree is not so easy - the coordinates of all the colossi of the plant world are classified: this is one of the most effective ways to protect them from vandals. If a person walks through the park, he simply will not understand that there is a giant in front of him. The thickness of the trunk of the famous sequoia is not much different from the surrounding counterparts.

Lauralyn - is in the seventh position of the top


Southern Giant Lauralyn

Sequoia with a romantic name and an impressive height of 112.62 m. This giant, like the previous one, "lives" in the American Humboldt National Park. The gigantic tree was found by biologists P. Zinke and E. Stragenburger. The researchers were amazed by the incredible beauty of the tree, which in fact is a complete ecological system. Starting from the roots and ending with the crown, Lauralin is the habitat of a wide variety of living creatures. Hares live at its foot, squirrels live in hollows on the middle floors, birds nest on the branches. In addition, the Lauralina ecosystem includes many varieties of lichens and insects.

This giant sequoia is not hidden from the public: visitors to Humboldt Park must come to see the amazing tree.

Orion - giant sequoia in sixth place


Orion - the height of the tree is 112.63 meters

In the heart of the Redwood National Reserve (California, USA) grows a gigantic sequoia called Orion. The height of this amazing creation of mother nature is 112.63 m. Orion carefully hid from prying eyes, it was very difficult to find him. The fact is that the giant is located next to two other huge sequoias: each of these trees is 2 times lower than Orion, but they are in no way inferior to it in thickness. You can see the huge difference between sequoias only from a considerable height. Orion is one of the oldest trees on earth, its age is 1.5 thousand years.

National Geographic Society - in fifth place


NGO. The height of the tree is 112.71 m.

Giant sequoia, named after a United States NGO. The giant was discovered in the Redwood Creek valley in 1994. For a year, the tree was considered the tallest in the world. The exact coordinates of the gigantic plant are classified. The trunk diameter is 0.20 m larger than that of Mendocino.

Stratospheric giant - fourth on the list

The height of this giant was 113.11 m.

An impressive tree that looks like a huge skyscraper. The scientists who discovered this sequoia were amazed at its height: it seemed to the researchers that the tree touches the clouds with its branches. Hence the name of the vegetable colossus.

The stratospheric giant was found in 2000 in the Humboldt National Park - this nature reserve is famous for record-breaking sequoias.

At the time of discovery, the tree had a height of 112.34 m, but its growth continued. In 2010, scientists re-measured the height of the sequoia. It turned out that the Stratospheric Giant added in growth: its height was 113. 11 m. The tree is surrounded by large brothers and you can only understand how huge it is from a height. The coordinates of the Stratospheric giant are hidden: this is how scientists try to protect the sequoia from vandalism.

Icarus took the third position in the ranking

Icarus reaches 113.4 meters

Finally, we got to the top three. The famous sequoia Icarus "rose" to the third step of the rating. The tree was found by researchers M. Taylor and K. Atkins, who wandered around California's Redwood Park for several days.

Biologists have noticed that the top of the sequoia is dry, as if it had burned out in the sun. Atkins remembered the Greek myth of Icarus, a young man who decided to fly to the sun, but was burned along the way. This is how the tree got its name.

However, almost any tree in Redwood Park can be called Icarus. Due to solar activity, many sequoias in the reserve have dead tops. Actually, from English "Redwood" is translated "Red Forest".

Finding Icarus on your own is problematic, and its coordinates are carefully classified.

Helios is the second in the rating list

Helios reaches 114.58 m.

In the summer of 2006, C. Atkins and M. Taylor undertook another research expedition in the Red Forest. Surprisingly, the researchers managed to find another giant sequoia. It was a tree with a height of 114.58 m. Shocked, Taylor and Atkins named the sequoia Helios in honor of the ancient Greek god of the Sun. This tree is only slightly inferior to the leader of our rating.

Hyperion is the tallest tree in the world and is in the top number one

Hyperion - the record holder among all the tallest trees on the planet

So we got to the tallest tree in the world. This is a unique Hyperion sequoia that grows in the same Redwood Park. Surprisingly, the restless K. Atkins and M. Taylor discovered Hyperion. After measuring the tree, it became clear - this incredible giant is the world record holder. Hyperion's parameters are amazing:

  • height - 115.61 m.;
  • trunk diameter - 5 m.

Scientists believe that the age of the colossus is 800 years.

Chris and Michael are sure that the Hyperion sequoia could reach even higher heights, but the tree was attacked by woodpeckers. A huge number of birds settled in the branches of a giant plant, damaging the trunk. Despite the titanic power of the tree, the woodpeckers turned out to be stronger - the growth of the sequoia slowed down.

Video: The tallest sequoia tree in the cypress family

Sensation: despite the gigantic size of the tree, its leaves are only 2 cm long, and the root in the ground reaches only half a meter!

Sequoia is the tallest tree in the world

Readers have already realized that the tallest tree in the world is the sequoia. This breed is also called "mahogany". Douglas fir (another name is “pretty fir”, as well as Australian eucalyptus trees) could compete with these colossi. Unfortunately, the tallest representatives of these two species were destroyed.

Hyperion Sequoia could also go under the saw, but in the 70s. In the 20th century, the American authorities drew attention to the atrocities of lumberjacks in Redwood National Park and the felling of sequoias in this area was strictly prohibited. Black lumberjacks were subjected to harsh sanctions, fined and even jailed.

The measures worked: in our time, a lot of gigantic sequoias grow in the Red Forest. At the last count of scientists, 100 trees grow in Redwood with a height of more than 100 meters. All these are sequoias, representatives of other species, unfortunately, do not overcome the hundred-meter mark.

Until the summer of 2006, the status of the tallest tree in the world was held by the Stratospheric Giant Sequoia in Humboldt Park. This colossus is twice the size of the Statue of Liberty.

It seemed that a tree simply could not be taller, but biologists K. Atkins and M. Taylor proved that this is far from being the case. Wandering through California's Redwood Park, they discovered a group of giant trees, among which was an incredible colossus that looked like a skyscraper. After measurements with laser equipment, it turned out that the found tree was almost a meter higher than the Stratospheric Giant. Moreover, the nearby "comrades" of the giant also exceeded the size of the previous record holder of the plant world.

The tallest tree in the world is called Hyperion. This colossus is almost 30 meters taller than London's Big Ben.

Hyperion was measured by environmentalist Steve Sillett, seconded to Redwood Park by the National University. Humboldt. Sillett, using climbing equipment, climbed to the top of the sequoia and lowered the tape from there. Television company NG recorded what was happening on film: the film can be viewed on the Internet. After measuring the tape, it turned out that the height of the tree is 115 meters.

Hyperion can be called a lucky tree. In the seventies of the last century, Redwood was an ordinary forest in which lumberjacks were operating with might and main. Giant pines fell one after another, they were sawn into fragments and taken away on large trucks. Hyperion was scheduled to be cut down, but about 2 weeks before the colossus was to be brought down, the US government declared Redwood a park of national importance.

The sawmills knew full well that Redwood was going to be recognized as a park, so they worked tirelessly with chainsaws. Sequoia wood is one of the most valuable in the woodworking industry, companies received hundreds of thousands of dollars for one sawn giant.

Trees, many hundreds of years old, were destroyed on an industrial scale. People could well destroy one of the undoubted treasures of mankind - the redwood forest.

Unfortunately, hundreds and even thousands of trees were not as lucky as Hyperion. Currently, in the United States, redwood forests account for only 4% of all green areas.

Hyperion is young enough for a plant of its kind: this tree has not yet completed its growth. According to Sillett, the giant is no more than 800 years old (for comparison, the Orion sequoia has been on our planet for 1.5 thousand years).

Compared to human life, Hyperion is now 20 years old, in fact, this is a young tree. The rangers of Redwood Park kept the coordinates of the giant strictly classified. American scientists hope that the young tree will continue to grow, setting incredible new records.

In addition, hiking to Hyperion will certainly lead to the disruption of the Redwood Sequoia forest ecosystem. The tree itself will also suffer: for sure, among tourists there will be lovers to put a “commemorative” inscription on the tree or break off a piece of bark.

According to Sillett, redwoods are a kind of "movie stars", but they can't get away from the paparazzi like their human counterparts. History has already shown that the popularity of giant sequoias leads to sad consequences.

Measurement history of giant trees

It is impossible to tell if Hyperion is the tallest tree in the last 100-200 years. People began to be interested in this topic relatively recently and no data has been preserved. In addition, 96% of redwoods are destroyed by logging companies.

In 1872, William Ferguson, an official of the Australian State Forestry Inspectorate, informed the authorities about the discovery of a fallen Eucalyptus regnans (the royal eucalyptus, the closest relative of the familiar mountain ash). The tree was enormous. Arriving scientists measured and reported that the length of the eucalyptus is 132 meters.

After that, several more eucalyptus trees up to 140 meters high were found in Australia. Unfortunately, there is no way to confirm these data: gigantic trees were cut down by lumberjacks.

Eucalyptus wood turned out to be almost the only building material for Australian settlers.

Eucalyptus trees are almost non-existent in Australia today, but they are found in Tasmania. For example, the famous eucalyptus Centurion is 100 meters high. The uniqueness of the Centurion is that it is the highest deciduous tree on our planet. Eucalyptus was found in the fall of 2008 by the laser of an aircraft searching for dominant heights in the area.

Tree height limit

In 2001, the English scientist D. Amos published an article in one of the authoritative scientific publications on the maximum growth of trees. The researcher conducted a series of experiments which, according to him, convincingly prove that the maximum height of a tree is 130 meters. After this mark, the plant will not be able to deliver the nutrient composition obtained from the soil to the crown, its growth will stop.

Amos's theory has not yet found practical confirmation: there is not a single tree in the world 130 meters high.

Various studies show that coniferous trees are the tallest today. Record holders usually come from the genus of eucalyptus, sequoia or other members of the Cypress family. While not all corners of the world have been thoroughly studied, it is likely that new technologies will help make new botanical discoveries.

For example, the plant that is now considered the tallest in the world was discovered between 2006 and 2008. For a long time, the location of the giants was kept secret so that the flow of curious naturalists would not harm the ecosystem of the place where the giants grow.

The tallest tree in the world

Today, the tallest tree in the world is the Hyperion sequoia, which grows in California. The trunk of this plant has a diameter of 4.85 meters. The tree has grown to 115.5 meters in height and covers an area of ​​502 square meters. Researchers believe that Hyperion took root in the 13th century, and estimate his age at seven to eight centuries. The tree got its name in honor of one of the titan gods in ancient Greek mythology. The exact coordinates of the giant, which could be entered into the GPS, were not released to the public. The tree is known to be located in one of the remote areas of the Redwood State Reserve in the United States.


In the park where the giant tree is located, there are also some very tall sequoias. These include Helios, whose height is 114.5 meters. He held the title of absolute giant among his brethren until a taller specimen was found. By the way, this happened just a few months later in the same area. Interestingly, in ancient Greek mythology, Hyperion is the father of Helios. Trees grow close to each other. The trunk of Helios is thicker than that of Hyperion and is equal to 4.96 meters. Given the available data, it turns out that the two tallest trees in the world are in the USA.

Record holders in Russia

Siberian fir is recognized as the record holder for height in Russia. But in the country with the largest forest area, there is no official bearer of the title of botanical giant. There are many giant specimens of firs in the Siberian forests. The height of representatives of this family can reach 100 meters. There is no doubt that somewhere in the depths of the Siberian taiga a giant rises, not inferior to the American Hyperion. Speaking of sequoias, an impressive representative of this species grows in the Crimea. In the Nikitsky Botanical Garden in Yalta there is a tree whose height is 38 meters. The age of the Crimean giant does not exceed two hundred years.

Some of the oldest trees in Russia also grow on the peninsula. Yews and some types of junipers, according to preliminary estimates of researchers, took root in the highlands of the Crimea no earlier than 2-3 thousand years ago. It is noteworthy that yews and junipers do not differ in height and large trunk diameter. They compactly fit into rocky crevices, not being afraid of cliffs and steep mountain slopes. A height equal to 20 - 25 meters for such trees is evidence of an age of several thousand years. Volunteers have already registered at least a dozen such trees in Crimea.

The widest tree

Baobab is a tree that is wider than any competitor. The diameter of the trunk in representatives of this species can reach ten meters. The most powerful fat man today is a tree, which is called nothing more than the "Big Baobab". The girth of its base is 47 meters. The "Big Baobab" is located at the Van Heerden ranch in the province of Limpopo.


Ennobling the territory, the owners noticed a cavity in the trunk of a huge tree, they cleaned it and arranged a bar in the resulting space. The Van Heerdens named their establishment The Baobab Bar. The diameter of the tree trunk is 10.6 meters. Studies have shown that the age of this baobab is more than 6 thousand years, but the most interesting thing is that it continues to grow and bloom every spring.

The tallest tree in Africa

Speaking of baobabs, one cannot fail to mention that there are also many giant trees in their homeland. The tallest tree in Africa is on Mount Kilimanjaro. It comes from the genus entandrophragms. The family of these plants settled in Tropical Africa and is not found anywhere else, this species is endangered. The highest entandrophragma on Mount Kilimanjaro reached 81.5 meters.


According to researchers, the tree is about 500 years old. Near the giant there are several more worthy representatives of their species. A group of trees on Mount Kilimanjaro was measured for four years, and in 2016, finally, information appeared that the average height of entandrophragms in this area is 70-80 meters.

Record holders of the past

Speaking of the tallest trees in the world, one cannot fail to mention the famous giants of the past. The most famous tree measured is the regal eucalyptus, found in Australia by forester William Fergusson. The man measured the tree and left notes about his find in 1872. According to Fergusson, at the time of its discovery, the eucalyptus had a height of 132.5 meters, but according to indirect evidence, the forester concluded that earlier the crown of the tree was 20 meters higher. Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to verify this data. Eucalyptus was cut down and sawn into pieces for later use as building material.


Another famous giant of the past is the Douglas yew from the Lynn Valley in British Columbia. According to reports in 1902, the tree grew to 126.5 meters in height. It was also cut down and used for firewood. The third dead tree, the record of which has already been broken by representatives of the same genus, is another California sequoia. In 1873, foresters reported the height of this tree, which was 112 meters.

Australia's tallest tree at the beginning of the last decade was destroyed by fire. Eucalyptus, which received the name El Grande, was one of the most worthy inhabitants of the forest in the south of Tasmania. At the time of death, the tree had a height of more than 79meters. In 2008, a tree was found in the same area, which is now considered the main giant of Australia. The royal eucalyptus, 99.6 meters high, received the Roman name Centurion.

City giants

It is unlikely that anyone will be surprised by the fact that the tallest and oldest trees are hidden from people in the thicket of a forest, nature reserve or in the mountains. In cities, plants - giants simply cannot survive. Each settlement has its own giant, but the parameters of such plants are usually more modest than those of their wild counterparts.

The most beautiful magnolia kobus, which grows on the territory of the Botanical Garden next to the Moscow City complex, is the Moscow champion in height among trees. According to gardeners, it is this plant that is the tallest in the capital of Russia. There are many relict trees on the territory of the botanical garden, which are listed in the Red Book. Most of the vegetation, which is presented in this interesting place, you will not see anywhere else in Moscow.


There is also a champion in the American metropolitan area - a 32-meter white oak growing on Northampton Street. It is interesting that the giant is protected by the forces of local residents, as a city property. Volunteers take care of the crown of the tree, prevent acts of vandalism, and even celebrate the giant. Oak has a rival in Georgetown, namely 29-meter lyran or tulip tree. A plant from the magnolia family received one of its names due to the shape of the flowers that appear on the branches at the end of May. In the US, the tree is also called "yellow poplar".


To the west of Canada's main city, in the tiny town of Arnprior, there is a 47-meter Weymouth pine, which is considered the record holder of Ontario. This tree is at least two hundred years old and is a local landmark.

In Japan, trees are not judged by height, but there is a champion there too. A huge wisteria that is about 150 years old grows in Ashikaga Flower Park. During the flowering period, the plant attracts crowds of curious spectators who take photos and videos of the crown of the tree, spread over an area of ​​​​2 thousand square meters.

The oldest tree

Speaking of records, it is worth mentioning the trees that have survived world wars, drought, climate change and even some states. The tree with the oldest root system is today recognized as a spruce, nicknamed Old Tikko. Researchers suggest that this plant has been living for nine and a half thousand years. Its trunk can be seen on Mount Fulufjellet in Sweden.


"Old Tikko" spruce - the oldest tree in the world

Another representative of antiquity is Methuselah pine. Its age is estimated to be between 4500-5000 years. Despite its advanced age and rather shabby appearance, the tree is considered alive. It grows in the Inyo National Forest in America.

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People have lived next to trees all their history. The tree provides shade when it's hot, shelter from lies, wood for a fire, wood for bumga and much more. Therefore, trees have attracted the attention of people for a very long time. And the tallest tree in the world, respectively, attracts the most attention. This is what our post today will be about.

The flora of the Earth impresses with its diversity and magnificence. However, a special place is usually given to trees that have been growing on the planet since ancient times. A huge number of species, shapes, sizes and habitats. All this was the reason for the study of trees with special care. Among them there are real champions, in particular, in height. The tallest tree in the world is just such a record holder. It's time to get to know him better
Most of the tall champion trees grow in America. First of all, these are sequoias, the location of which is usually kept secret. Among them there are young giants, as well as many centenarians.

Watch this wonderful video from the National Geographic channel to appreciate the power and height of these amazing trees:

The world's tallest coniferous sequoia trees are distributed mainly in California - the famous American state. There are several contenders for the first place, but in 2006 the sequoia, called Hyperion, was recognized as the tallest tree in the world, with a height of more than 115 meters and a diameter of about eleven meters. Hyperion is about 800 years old.

Prior to the discovery of Hyperion, the sequoia Helios held the lead. Now this tree has moved to the second position. The following places are occupied by the sequoias Icarus and the Giant of the Stratosphere. It is possible that in the future, ecologists and naturalists will discover taller trees. Then the title of the tallest tree in the world will go to them.

What the tallest tree in the world looks like - sequoia

The crown of this amazing representative of the flora has a conical shape. Most branches grow horizontally, sometimes with a slight downward slope. Sequoia bark is very massive with a thickness of up to 30 cm, but at the same time soft and fibrous to the touch. When touched, an unusual sensation is created that the hand is immersed in it. The bark removed from the tree has a red-brown color, and darkens over time. With age, the appearance of the sequoia changes.

Until about a hundred years old, it is a kind of pyramid of dark green color, densely covered with branches from top to bottom. Over time, the entire lower part of the tree thickens and becomes bare. The leaves of young sequoias are flat and elongated. Their length reaches 25 cm. The leaves of long-lived trees are scaly in the upper part, with arrows below. The cones of these giants are characterized by rather modest sizes - up to 25 cm long.

Sequoias are also of considerable age. For this they are called mammoth trees or "living fossils". Archaeologists have proven that in the pre-glacial period, the number of these trees was very large and dinosaurs walked under them. Their average life span can be up to four thousand years. The record holder in this regard is the sequoia with a lifespan of 4484 years, which was determined by the growth rings of a sawn tree. The main secret of sequoia longevity is a widely branched surface root system that captures vast areas in search of nutrients and water. In addition, the powerful bark of the tree contains chemical elements that repel pests.

However, the mammoth tree is not the oldest - the life expectancy of some varieties of pines and spruces is even longer. In particular, the age of the Canadian spruce growing in Sweden is approximately 9550 years old. This is the age of the ancient spruce, which was "reborn" in the form of a "clone".

The concept of the largest tree in the world includes not only height. The volume of the trunk and branches is also taken into account. According to these parameters, the largest trees are sequoias, growing mainly in America. In particular, there is a similar giant in the California National Park and is called "General Sherman". This general is distinguished by a height of 84 meters and an age of about 2200 years. Meanwhile, the tree continues to grow.

Sequoias are undisputed champions in size. However, other majestic plants are worthy of attention.
The giant eucalyptus "Centurion" grows in the dense forests of Tasmania. Its height is 101 meters, it is the record holder among deciduous trees. Experts have established its approximate age - about 400 years. In the Guinness Book of Records, this eucalyptus is listed as the tallest tree in the world, but already from flowering trees.

Another record holder, but in terms of trunk thickness, is the baobab (Adansonia digitata). The trunk diameter of a thirty-meter baobab can reach 9meters. Only the European chestnut can compete with it. Since the nineteenth century, a representative of this species has been known, the trunk diameter of which is an incredible 20 meters.

The tallest trees in Russia

First of all, these are Siberian firs, growing up to a hundred meters. Their straight trunk is covered with a dense layer of branches growing directly from the ground. Also, Nordmann fir reaches high heights up to 80 meters. This tree is found in the Krasnodar Territory.

Norway spruce will grow up to sixty meters. There are giants among the forest beeches.
One of the tallest and most beautiful evergreen coniferous trees is the Siberian cedar, reaching forty meters.
There is also a famous sequoia in our country - in the Nikitsky Botanical Garden near Yalta. It lags behind the California relatives and has a height of about thirty meters. The tallest tree in the world - interesting facts Interestingly, this property is much more effective than other plants. Owners of sequoia plantations, for refusing to cut them down - for lost profits receive a certain compensation, which is called a carbon credit.

  • Fire is not fatal to sequoias whose bark does not ignite. Fire, on the contrary, prepares the nearby soil for the germination of young shoots, clearing it of other plants. Also, under the influence of heat, the cones quickly open, the seeds of which fall into the ground.
  • Sequoia can grow well in almost any environment, but the process will be very slow and its height will not reach the height of its natural habitat.
  • As you can see, the tallest tree in the world also holds the record for other parameters. Well, we can only be glad that humanity has such wonderful neighbors in the plant world. Stay tuned and find out more!

    We, the inhabitants of Eurasia, hardly managed to see trees over 40-50 meters high in our native expanses. And if you managed to see a 60-meter pine tree, then it simply took your breath away from the grandeur. Now imagine that the height of the tallest tree in the world is over 115 meters! This is the height of a 40-story building or the height of three ordinary pine trees!

    So, the topic of our today's article is the tallest trees in the world.

    The tallest tree in the world: sequoia

    Oddly enough, the TOP 10 giant trees grow in one relatively small area - along the Pacific coast in California. These are giant, belonging to the cypress family - Sequoia semprevirens.

    In addition to the size, the age of the sequoia is also impressive. So, based on the results of excavations, these plants already existed 208-144 million years ago, that is, in the Jurassic period. But if then sequoias were widespread in the northern hemisphere, now they huddle in a small limited area with a length of 450 km - from the Klamath Mountains (Southern Oregon) to the end of the Californian Sierra Nevada. The places where sequoias grow are part of the reserves: the Sequoia Biosphere Reserve and National Park, as well as the Humboldt-Redvus National Park. The oldest sequoias in existence today are 3,500 years old.

    Before we know what makes the tallest tree in the world special , let's dwell on the biological characteristics of the sequoia. The tallest trees on earth have a cone-shaped crown, and the bark on the trunks is extremely thick, up to 0.3 m. By the way, immediately after removal, the bark has a pleasant reddish color, darkening over time, from which another sequoia name comes from - “mahogany ". The root system of giants is not deep, but wide. In young trees, the leaves are flat, elongated, about 1.5-2.5 cm, and in old sequoias at the top, the crowns take the form of scales about 0.5-1 cm in length. Sequoia seeds are 1.5-3 cm long, ovoid, with two dozen spirally twisted scales. Seeds ripen 8-9months, each fruit has 3-7 seeds.

    The tallest tree: 1st place, Hyperion

    Only one and a half dozen trees in the world managed to jump the bar of 110 meters, another fifty - the bar of 105 meters. Some giants succeeded others in the rank of record holder. At the moment, according to official data, the tallest tree in the world is the Hyperion sequoia.

    The leader of our rating was discovered in 2006 by amateur naturalists Michael Taylor and Chris Atkins (by the way, it was they who found the other two tallest trees on earth) in Redwoods Park (California), in a tributary of Redwood Creek. The height of the tallest tree at that time was 115.5 m. Measurements of the current year, 2015, showed that the tree had grown by 16 cm. However, its growth was slowed down - this was facilitated by woodpeckers that damaged the top of the tree. Since the closest competitor to the tallest tree on the planet is 114.58 cm tall and grows faster than Hyperion, over time, the tallest tree may give way to the palm.

    Hyperion's trunk diameter is 4.84 meters at a height of one and a half meters from the ground. It is located in the depths of the national park, and its exact location was not disclosed to the public - so that tourists do not disturb the giant's ecosystem. The tallest tree in the world is about 750 years old, and the area of ​​​​this sequoia is estimated at 502 "square".

    Tallest tree: 2nd place, Helios

    On the other side of the tributary of Redwood Creek grows a tree, recognized in the summer of 2006 as the tallest tree on earth, but resting on the lava of the winners for a little over two months. Now Helios - that's what they called this sequoia with a height of 114.58 m - is in second place in the ranking. Its trunk diameter is 4.96 m.

    Tallest tree: 3rd place, Icarus

    In 2006, in the same Redwoods Park, near the same tributary of Redwood Creek in California, a sequoia Icarus was discovered with a height of 113.14 m. The diameter of the trunk of this tree was 3.78 meters.

    Tallest tree: 4th place, giant of the Stratosphere

    For six whole years - from the moment it was discovered in 2000 until 2006 - the giant of the Stratosphere was considered the tallest tree on earth. It was discovered in Humboldt National Park in Rockefeller Forest. The first measurements showed a height of 112.34 meters. After 10 years, the sequoia grew to 113.11 meters. The exact location of the giant of the Stratosphere has not been disclosed.

    Stratospheric Giant

    In the Sequoia and Humboldt Redwoods National Parks, there are many more giant sequoias Sequoia semprevirens, which literally breathe down the back of the head of the leaders. Some of them have long been considered the tallest trees on the planet - for example, Mendocino, the sequoia of the National Geographic Society.

    However, not only sequoias can boast of large sizes. You have probably heard of the tall eucalyptus trees that grow in Australia. At the moment, the height of the highest eucalyptus is 101 meters. This is the regal Eucalyptus Centurion, discovered on the island of Tasmania in 2008. The diameter of the trunk of this tree is 40.5 cm, and the age is at least four hundred years. There are reports that these trees used to grow up to 155 m in height, but this has not been documented in any way.

    Eucalyptus Centurion

    In general, the height of the largest plants on the planet becomes shallower over time. The reason for this is human activity and the violation of ecosystems that are not able to "feed" the giants. Perhaps very soon, in the still not fully explored places of our planet, a new one will be found. Nevertheless, we have something to admire, something to keep and appreciate today.
    Tatyana Kuzmenko, member of the editorial board Correspondent correspondent of the online publication "AtmWood. Wood Industrial Bulletin"

    There are many tall trees around the world whose extraordinary height has been exaggerated and debatable. However, with the help of the latest measurement tools, such as laser rangefinders and tape fall measurements, it was possible to find out the true height of giant trees. Here are ten tallest trees in the world , which stay the same as the world changes around them.

    Almost all of the presented trees are so tall that it is simply impossible to photograph them completely. Dense vegetation also interferes with this.

    The height of the tree is 112.20 m.

    Located in Montgomery Woods (a natural reserve in the USA), Mendocino held the title of the world's tallest tree from 1996 to 2000. Other sequoias grow near Mendocino, but if you look at them from above, the giant towers over his fellows in the same way that Arnold Schwarzenegger towers over the kids in the movie Kindergarten Cop.

    Height - 112.56 m.

    The tree, located in the forest of John Davison Rockefeller in Humboldt (USA), was considered the tallest tree on the planet up to number ten in our rating, that is, from 1995 to 1996. In terms of trunk diameter, it is inferior to Mendocino (3.9 meters versus 4.19 meters). And it was very difficult for researchers and just curious to find it, since there were no photographs or coordinates of the Paradox at that time. Of all the giant trees known today, the Paradox stands out for its beauty.

    Height - 112. 6 m.

    Paradox's Neighbor, also native to California's Humboldt Redwood National Park and the eighth longest tree on Earth. Named after the billionaire, famous not only for his fortune, but also for the number of years he lived. The long, slender "body" of Rockefeller invariably delights those who are lucky enough to see him. And this is not easy to do, since the exact coordinates of most of the tallest trees are kept secret (it’s easier than protecting them from vandal tourists around the clock), and it’s not so easy to distinguish Rockefeller from other sequoias from below. Its trunk diameter has not yet been measured.

    Height - 112.62 m.

    And again, the "inhabitant" of the Humboldt park got into the top 10 giant trees. It was discovered by Paul Zinke and Al Strangenburger. Like other redwoods, Lauralin is a whole ecosystem, birds nest in it, insects live, lichens and other representatives of the local flora sprout. It is noteworthy that the location of Lauralin is not hidden from the public.

    Height - 112.63 m.

    One of the tallest trees in California's Redwood National Park Finding Orion is an almost impossible task because the tree giant sits so close to two other giant sequoias, though it is twice their size when viewed from above. Orion is about 1500 years old.

    Height - 112.71 m.

    A giant with a long name, belonging to the redwoods, was discovered in 1994. At that time, he was considered the largest known tree in the world and held this title for a year. The tree is located near Redwood Creek, but its exact location is kept secret. In terms of trunk diameter, it is larger than Mendocino and Paradox (4.39 meters).

    Altitude at the time of detection - 112.34 m

    This worthy representative of the tallest trees was found in 2000 in the Humboldt National Park. Then the tree was 112.34 meters high, but continues to grow. In 2010, it reached a height of 113.11 meters. Like all the other numbers on our hit parade, the Stratospheric Giant belongs to the redwoods and is fenced in by many trees that are almost as tall. The tree's exact location is being hidden to prevent it from being damaged by overly active citizens.

    Height - 113.14 m.

    In third place on the longest tree chart is the sequoia discovered by Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor in Redwood Park, California. Icarus got his name for the dead, sun-bleached "crown". However, there are enough other trees in Redwood, with dead tops, so it will be intentionally difficult to find Icarus, and the public is not told exactly where he is.

    Height - 114.58 m.

    Another tall sequoia found in the Redwood park area by Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor in July 2006. It is not much shorter than the competitor, which occupies the first line of the rating.

    1. Hyperion - 115.61 m

    Leading the top 10 tallest trees in the world is a sequoia from Northern California, bearing the proud name of Hyperion. The volume of its trunk is 502 m³, and its age is estimated at 700-800 years. Tireless naturalists Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor have discovered a tree in Redwood National Park and believe that Hyperion's height could have been higher if not for woodpeckers. They damaged the trunk of a titanic tree at its very top. The last measurement of Hyperion was carried out in 2015.

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    Sequoias, also known as redwoods, are the tallest tree species on earth. They could compete with representatives of the species "pretty fir" (aka Douglas fir) and eucalyptus trees in Australia, but the largest of these trees were ruthlessly cut. By the way, the same fate awaited Hyperion, but fortunately for him, the Redwood Valley in the 70s of the last century became the Redwood National Park and cutting down trees was prohibited there. There are currently hundreds of sequoias exceeding a height of 100 m and there are no living trees of other species exceeding this height.

    Although the Hyperion is unsurpassed in trunk length, it is inferior in volume, mass and age to the sequoia called General Sherman. The height of General Sherman is modest, compared to other representatives of the rating of the highest trees - 83.8 m, but the weight is a record 1900 tons, the trunk volume is 1487 m³, and the age reaches from 2300 to 2700 years.

    The tallest tree in the world - Hyperion

    Until August 2006 the title " the tallest tree in the world" "belonged to a giant 112.7-meter sequoia, nicknamed the" stratospheric giant ". It is located in the Humboldt National Park in California. To give you some idea of ​​the massive size of this tree, let's say it's twice the height of the Statue of Liberty, minus the foundation.

    But the giant lost its status when two naturalists, Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor, stumbled across a group of trees in California's Redwood National Park that were taller than any they had seen before. They made preliminary measurements using professional laser equipment, and found not one, not two, but three trees that were taller than the "stratospheric giant."

    Hyperion means "very high"

    The height of the tallest tree, called Hyperion, is 115 meters . If you have no idea how big Hyperion is, then imagine: the height of Big Ben in London is 96. 3 m, that is, it is pretty much lower than this tree.

    This gigantic redwood (sequoia) would have been even taller if not for the woodpeckers that damaged the very top of the trunk. This slowed down Hyperion's upward movement.

    When Atkins and Taylor announced their discovery, a team of scientists led by environmentalist Steve Sillett of Humboldt State University arrived at the park to measure the find.

    This was done in the most precise way: Sillett climbed to the top of the tree to lower the tape from there straight to the ground. The descent of this tape was filmed for National Geographic.

    Hyperion was very lucky: in the 70s of the 20th century, just a few hundred kilometers from it, there was a clear felling of trees. About two weeks before a man with a saw would approach Hyperion, Redwood Valley had become Redwood National Park. Lumber companies feared this would happen and worked 24/7 harvesting valuable mahogany and ruthlessly destroying old growth forests that were there long before humans entered the valley. Most redwoods, from which the tallest trees grow, were less fortunate than Hyperion. To date, only 4% of mahogany forests have survived in America.

    By redwood standards, Hyperion is quite young and still growing. Sillett thinks tree is 'only' 600 years old , which is about 20 years in human terms.

    Hyperion's exact location is kept secret by park rangers to avoid the tourist crowd near the tree. This can upset the delicate balance of the forest ecosystem and harm the tree. After all, tourists can not only admire the huge tree, but also chip off part of the bark “for memory” or scratch something on it in the style of “Jack and Sally were here.”

    As Sillett puts it, trees can't outrun the paparazzi like people do, and history teaches us that bad things happen to trees that become too popular.

    It is not at all clear whether Hyperion is the tallest of the redwoods or simply the largest sequoia known to us. After all, 96% of redwood forests have become victims of lumberjacks.

    Tallest tree ever measured

    The tallest tree in the world that was measured in the 19th century is not a sequoia, but a mountain ash.

    • In 1872, the report of the Australian inspector of state forests, William Ferguson, mentions a fallen and charred eucalyptus regal (aka Eucalyptus regnans, aka mountain ash), which during its lifetime had a height of at least 132 meters .
    • Several specimens 140 m tall were recorded around the same time. Alas, we cannot verify these measurements: all these trees have been cut down. Rowan has been and is an important building material in Australia.

    The tallest living eucalyptus can be found in Tasmania. The height of the eucalyptus bearing the proud nickname "Centurion" is about 100 meters. It is the tallest living deciduous tree on Earth . It was discovered in October 2008 by an aircraft-mounted laser that measured terrain height, forest height and forest biomass.

    How tall can a tree be?

    In an article entitled 'Investigation of the limits of maximum tree growth', Jonathan Amos of the BBC science department states that the maximum the height of the tree can be about 130 meters .

    As the tree reaches this point, it will pump less and less water and nutrients. They simply won't be enough for new growth.

    There is no living tree in the world that would grow up to 130 meters.

    The flora of our planet is very diverse and rich. It has hundreds of thousands of species of living organisms. The most common plants in our world are gymnosperms and angiosperms.

    Some of the plants are truly amazing in both height and thickness. Their lifespan is hundreds of years and one can only imagine what they have seen in their lifetime. We have prepared for you a list that includes the largest and tallest trees in the world.

    All ten of the largest and tallest trees grow in the US, and they all belong to a single species - the evergreen sequoia.

    These trees are classified as conifers and are related to the common cypress. They grow in one place on the planet - on the Pacific coast of the United States. Sequoias are so amazing and huge that each of the record trees has its own name.

    1: Hyperion

    The height of this tree is 115.61 meters. It was discovered and measured in 2006, it turned out that this is the tallest plant on the planet. This sequoia also grows in Redwood Park, where exactly it grows is hidden from tourists. It is believed that the age of this giant is 700-800 years.

    2: Helios

    In second place is another giant, which belongs to the same species. The height of this sequoia is 114.58 meters, and the trunk has a diameter of 4.96 meters. Until 2006, Helios was considered the highest on the planet, but then a tree was found that is higher than it and it is it that is at the first number on our list. Helios is located in Redwood Park, California.

    3: Icarus

    This is another American sequoia that grows in the same area. The height of this tree is 113.14 meters, and the diameter of the trunk is 3.78 meters. This tree was discovered only in 2006. Its location is hidden from tourists.

    4: Stratospheric Giant

    Fourth place goes to the sequoia, which has a very appropriate name - Stratospheric Giant. The height of this tree is 113.11 meters, and the diameter of the trunk is 5.18 meters. This plant is located in Humboldt Park.

    5: National Geographic Society

    In fifth place is the sequoia, which has a rather long name: National Geographic Society. It is native to Redwood Creek. Under 19For 95 years, this sequoia was considered the tallest tree in the world. But at the moment, even larger giants have been found.

    The height of this tree is 112.71 meters and the diameter of the trunk is 4.39 meters.

    6: Orion

    This is an evergreen Sequoia (Sequoia sempervirene), which grows in Redwood Park, all in the same California. The height of the tree is 112.63 meters and the diameter of the trunk is 4. 33 meters.

    7: Lauralin

    8: Rockefeller

    This is also a sequoia that is located in the Humboldt National Park in the USA. Its height is 112.6 meters, and the exact diameter of the trunk, unfortunately, is unknown.

    9: Paradox

    Evergreen Sequoia (Sequoia sempervirene). This plant is also located on the west coast of the United States, in the state of California. The height of this tree is 112.56 meters and the diameter is 3.9 meters.

    10: Mendocino Tree

    Evergreen Sequoia (Sequoia sempervirene). This tree is located in California, USA.

    This giant is 112.20 meters high and 4.19 meters in diameter. The exact location of this tree is hidden so that tourists do not harm it.

    11: Baobab

    We have described to you the tallest trees in the world, in this regard, the sequoia has no competitors. But, if we talk about plant giants, then it is worth mentioning the baobab.


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