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Explore 21 of the World’s Most Famous & Record-Breaking Trees

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Here are some famous and record breaking trees to admire.

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1. General Sherman

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Image of General Sherman by Jim Bahn, CC BY 2.0

General Sherman is the biggest of the Giant Sequoia species, holding the world’s record for the largest tree by volume at 52,508 cubic feet.

  • Volume: 52,508 cubic feet or 1,487 cubic meters
  • Height: 274.9 ft or 83.8 m
  • Circumference: 102.6 ft or 31.1 m
  • Location: Giant Forest in Three Rivers, California, USA

2. Methuselah

Methuselah Tree

Methuselah, a Great Basin Bristlecone Pine at 4,854 years old, is no longer considered the oldest living non-clonal tree in the world.

The National Park Service documented another Bristlecone pine tree living at Wheeler Peak, Nevada, not far from where Prometheus, the previous oldest living tree at 4,900 years, was felled in 1964.

This new ancient wonder is estimated to be 5,065 years old.

  • Age: 5,065 – 4,854 years (multiple specimens)
  • Location: Wheeler Peak, Nevada and White Mountains, California (Methuselah)

3. Alerce Milenario

Alerce_milenario - one of the oldest known trees
Image of Alerce Milenario in 2007 by PatagoniaArgentina, Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Alerce Milenario, also known as Gran Abuelo or Great-Grandfather, is the largest and oldest tree living in Chile’s Alerce Costero National Park.

  • Age: 3,652 – 5,484 years
  • Location: Chile’s Alerce Costero National Park

4. Cheewhat Giant

Cheewhat Cedar
Image of the Cheewhat Giant via Ancient Forest Alliance

Cheewhat Giant, also known as the Cheewhat Lake Cedar, is the most massive Western Red Cedar in the world and the biggest tree in Canada by volume.

  • Volume: 15,900 cubic feet or 449 cubic meters
  • Height: 182 ft or 55.5 m
  • Circumference: 62.8 ft or 19.28 m
  • Location: Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada

5. Hail Storm

Hailstorm - One of the Biggest Redwood Trees
Image of Hail Storm via Famous Redwoods

Hail Storm is a gigantic Coast Redwood tree that was recently discovered in 2016.

  • Volume: 44,750 cubic feet or 1267 cubic meters
  • Height: 308 ft or 93.88 m
  • Circumference: 71.59 ft or 21.32 m
  • Location: Jedidiah Smith Redwoods, California, USA

6. The Bennett Juniper

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Image of the Bennett Juniper by Dave Bunnell, Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

The Bennett Juniper is the biggest juniper tree in the world, and its age is confirmed at at least 2,200 years old.

  • Age: 2,675 (Scofield) and 2,200 – 3,000 (Bennett)
  • Location: Sierra Nevada, California, USA

7. The Panke Baobab

African Baobab Adansonia_digitata_Baobab
Image of African Baobabs (not the oldest) by Yoky, Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

The Panke Baobab, which sadly died in 2011, was the oldest known flowering plant ever.

  • Age: 2,419 years
  • Location: Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe, Africa

8. Two Towers

Two Towers massive Mountain Ash tree
Image of Two Towers via Tasmania’s Giant Trees

Two Towers is the world’s 5th largest tree species, a Mountain Ash, a type of Eucalyptus tree.

  • Volume: 14,000 cubic feet or 390 cubic meters
  • Height: 252.6 ft or 77 m
  • Circumference: 73.8 ft or 22.5 m
  • Location: Styx Valley, Tasmania, Australia

9. Moluccan albiziaFalcataria moluccana

Moluccan albizia – Falcataria moluccana tree - fastest growing tree in the world
Fastest Growing Tree in the World

The fastest growing tree in the world according to the Guiness Book of Records, is the Moluccan albizia (Falcataria moluccana) with an incredible growth rate of over 32 ft in a year.

  • Growth Rate: Up to 32 ft per year
  • Mostly Found: Southeast Asia

10. Tāne Mahuta

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Image of Tāne Mahuta by W. Bulach, Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Tāne Mahuta is a massive Kauri, a coniferous tree found in the northern end of New Zealand’s north island. Its name means “God of the Forest” in the native Māori language.

  • Volume: 18,250 cubic feet or 516.7 cubic meters
  • Height: 148 ft or 45.2 m
  • Circumference: 50.7 ft or 15.44 m
  • Location: Waipoua Forest on the North Island of New Zealand

11. Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

Sri_Maha_Bodhi,_Anuradhapura - one of the oldest trees known to mankind
Image of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi by Hirushini Dematagoda, Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

The Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi is a Sacred Fig tree that holds the distinction of being the oldest living human-planted tree in the world with a known planting date.

  • Age: 2,309 years
  • Location: Anuradhapura, North Central Province, Sri Lanka

12. Hyperion

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Image of Hyperion via Mario D. Vaden, Certified Arborist

Hyperion is the world’s tallest tree. This massive giant stands 380.8 ft (116.07 m) tall. Since it is only between 600 and 800 years old, young for a Coast Redwood, it has not yet finished growing.

  • Height: 380.8 ft (116.07 m)
  • Location: Redwood National Park in Northern California, USA.

13. Menara

Menara Climbing_on_Shora_faguetiana_to_verify_its_height_and_diameter
Image of Menara by Shenkin A et all, CC BY-SA 4.0

The world’s third tallest tree species, 6th tallest overall, is a Yellow Meranti tree named Menara, found in the Danum Valley Conservation Area in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

  • Height: 331 ft (100.8 m)
  • Location: Danum Valley Conservation Area in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

14. Centurion

Centurion - one of the tallest trees in the world
Image of Centurion by Eucalyptus 99, CC BY-SA 4.0

Centurion is a titanic Australian Mountain Ash found by forestry workers in Tasmania in 2008 while conducting a LiDAR survey in the Arve Valley.

  • Height: 330 ft (100.5 m)
  • Location: Arve Valley, Tasmania, Australia

15. The Red Creek Fir

Biggest Douglas Fir by Volume
Image of Red Creek Fir by Jorijnsmit, Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

The Red Creek Fir is a massive coastal Douglas Fir found in the San Juan Valley of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.

  • Volume: 12,300 cubic feet or 349 cubic meters
  • Height: 242 ft or 73.8 m
  • Circumference: 32 ft or 9.8 m
  • Location: San Juan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

16. Raven’s Tower

Tall Sitka Spruce
Image of a massive Sitka Spruce (not Raven’s Tower) by Brandon Kuschel, CC BY 3.0

Raven’s Tower is the world’s 5th tallest tree species, a giant Sitka Spruce discovered by Michael Taylor and Ron Hildebrant in 2001.

  • Height: 329 ft (100.2 m)
  • Location: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California, United States

17. The Doerner Fir

Doerner Fir - one of the tallest trees in the world
Image of Doerner Fir by Bureau of Land Management Oregon and Washington, CC BY 2.0

The Doerner Fir is a massive Douglas Fir found in Coos County, Oregon, USA – the 6th tallest tree species in the world.

  • Height: 327 ft (99.7 m)
  • Location: Doerner Fir Trail, Coos County, Oregon, USA

18. Neeminah Loggerale Meena

Neeminah Loggerale Meena
Image Credit – Kouta Rasanen

Neeminah Loggerale Meena, the local native dialect for “Mother and Daughter,” is a Southern Blue Gum tree found in Tasmania off the coast of Australia.

  • Height: 298 ft (90.7 m)
  • Location: Lonnavel, Southern Tasmania, Australia

19. White Knight

White Knight tree in Tasmania
Image Credit – Tasmania Geographic

White Knight, a Manna Gum (Eucalyptus viminalis) also found in Tasmania, is not far behind at 292 feet (89 m) and is a popular tourist destination.

  • Height: 292 ft (89 m)
  • Location: Evercreech Forest Reserve, Tasmania, Australia

20. Queets Spruce

Queets Spruce - A massive Sitka Spruce tree
Image of Queets Spruce via Largest Trees of the Planet

Queets Spruce is a massive Sitka Spruce found along the Queets River in Olympic National Park in Washington state, USA, near the Pacific Ocean.

  • Volume: 11,900 cubic feet or 337 cubic meters
  • Height: 244.75 ft or 74.6 m
  • Circumference: 45.29 ft or 13.8 m
  • Location: Queets River in Olympic National Park, Washington state, USA

21. Gothmog

Gothmog - one of the biggest trees in the world by volume
Image of Gothmog via Giant Tree Expeditions

Gothmog is a colossal Messmate Stringybark tree found in the Styx Valley in Tasmania. This is the same valley as two other Eucalyptus species that also make the list of the 9 largest tree species in the world, holding records number 5 and 9.

  • Volume: 11,900 cubic feet or 337 cubic meters
  • Height: 174 ft or 53 m
  • Circumference: 55.8 ft or 17 m
  • Location: Styx Valley, southern Tasmania, Australia

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