Ever wonder who is the biggest tree in the world? The answer is undoubtly General Sherman, a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, California, USA.
The General Sherman Tree shands as the ultimate example of the growth potential of a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum). Other types of trees are taller, or thicker
at the base, but no other living thing on this planet exceeds the volume of this giant sequoia. The General Sherman Tree owes its immense size not to great age (many other
sequoias are older) but rather to its very rapid growth rate. For over two thousand years this tree has survived numerous fires, climatic change and even the coming of
modern man. Today it remains not only the world’s largest living thing, but also one of the fastest growing.
Estimated Age: 2300-2700 Years
Estimated Weight of Trunk: 1385 t. (1256 m.t.)
Height Above Base: 274.9 ft. (83.8 m)
Circumference at Ground: 102.6 ft. (31.3 m.)
Maximum Diameter at Base: 36.5 ft. (11.1 m.)
Diameter 60 ft. Above Ground: 17.5 ft. (5.3 m.)
Diameter 180 ft. Above Ground: 14.0 ft. (4.3 m.)
Diameter of Largest Branch: 6.8 ft. (2.1 m.)
Height of First Large Branch: 130.0 ft. (39.6 m.)
Volume of Trunk: 52,500 cu.ft. (1,486,6 cu.m)
The tree was named after American Civil War general, William Tecumseh Sherman, in 1879.