Have you ever wondered which is the tallest tree, where is it, what kind of tree is it?
Or, have you ever wondered which one is the oldest?
well, here are the answers to your green curiousity!
Researchers have been complaining about the tallest trees. Some say the tallest trees were around 130 m (430 ft), and even 150 m (490 ft) high. As there isn’t a record of them we consider the tallest trees the ones we can measure nowadays:
- Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens): 115.56 m(379.1 ft), Hyperion, Redwood National Park, California, United States
- Australian Mountain-ash (Eucalyptus regnans): 99.6 m (327 ft), south of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
- Coast Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii): 99.4 m (326 ft), Brummit Creek, Coos County, Oregon, United States
- Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis): 96.7 m (317 ft), Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California, United States
- Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum): 94.9 m (311 ft), Redwood Mountain Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, California, United States
- Tasmanian Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globulus): 90.7 m (298 ft), Tasmania, Australia
- Manna Gum (Eucalyptus viminalis): 89 m (292 ft), Evercreech Forest Reserve, Tasmania, Australia
- Shorea faguetiana: 88.3 m (290 ft)Tawau Hills National Park, in Sabah on the island of Borneo
- Alpine Ash (Eucalyptus delegatensis): 87.9 m (288 ft), Tasmania, Australia
The largest trees in total volume are both tall and large in diameter and, in particular, hold a large diameter high up the trunk. Measurement is very complex, particularly if branch volume is to be included as well as the trunk volume, so measurements have only been made for a small number of trees, and generally only for the trunk. No attempt has ever been made to include root volume. Measuring standards vary.
The top ten species measured so far are:
- Giant Sequoia Sequoiadendron giganteum: 1,487 m³ (52,508 cu ft), General Sherman
- Coast RedwoodSequoia sempervirens: 1,203 m³ (42,500 cu ft), Lost Monarch
- Montezuma CypressTaxodium mucronatum: 750 m³ (25,000 cu ft), Árbol del Tule
- KauriAgathis australis (Tāne Mahuta): 516 m³
- Western Redcedar Thuja plicata: 500 m³ (17,650 cu ft ), Quinault Lake Redcedar
- Tasmanian Blue GumEucalyptus globulus: 368 m³ (13,000 cu ft), Rullah Longatyle (Strong Girl, also Grieving Giant)
- Australian Mountain-ashEucalyptus regnans: 360 m³ (12,714 cu ft), Arve Big Tree
- Coast Douglas-fir Pseudotsuga menziesii349 m³ (12,320 cu ft) Red Creek Tree
- Sitka SprucePicea sitchensis337 m³ (11,920 cu ft) Queets Spruce
- Australian OakEucalyptus obliqua: 337 m³ (11,920 cu ft) Gothmog
- Alpine AshEucalyptus delegatensis: 286 m³ (10,100 cu ft), located in Styx River Valley
The oldest trees are determined by growth rings, which can be seen if the tree is cut down, or in cores taken from the bark to the center of the tree.
The verified oldest measured ages are:
- Great Basin Bristlecone Pine (Methuselah) Pinus longaeva: 4,844 years
- AlerceFitzroya cupressoides: 3,622 years[
- Giant Sequoia Sequoiadendron giganteum: 3,266 years
- SugiCryptomeria japonica: 3,000 years
- Huon-pineLagarostrobos franklinii: 2,500 years
This is just another post to make you remember that even nature grows old, and it needs and deserves our respect. We need to take care of it. Of every plant,grass,flower and tree. It lives with us every day. it gives us life. It let us grow old. Take care of trees and preserve nature! Go green!