The largest tree in the world, the Sequoia.

by fletch on June 13, 2009

The largest tree in the world, the Sequoia.

The General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park is the largest (by volume) tree in the world.

Computing the volume of a standing tree is the practical equivalent of calculating the volume of an irregular cone.

For purposes of volume comparison, only the trunk of a giant sequoia is measured, including the restored volume of basal fire scars.

Using these accepted standards and actual field measurements taken in 1975, the volume of the tree was calculated to be slightly over 52.500 cubic feet.(1486.6 meters).

The largest tree in the world, the Sequoia.

Sequoia sempervirens] is the sole living species of the genus Sequoia in the cypress family Cupressaceae (formerly treated in Taxodiaceae).

Common names include Coast Redwood and California Redwood (it is one of three species of trees known as redwoods, but “redwood” per se normally refers to this species).

It is an evergreen, long-lived, monoecious tree living for up to 2,200 years, and this species includes the tallest trees on Earth,

reaching up to 115.5 m (379.1 ft) in height and 8 m (26 ft) diameter at breast height.

It is native to coastal California and the southwestern corner of Oregon within the United States.

The largest tree in the world, the Sequoia.

The name “sequoia” is ¬†used as a general term for the subfamily Sequoioideae in which this genus is classified,

together with Sequoiadendron (Giant Sequoia) and Metasequoia (Dawn Redwood); as a common name, it usually refers to Sequoiadendronerman .

More Sherman Tree statistics:

(If your browser does not support tables, you may see the Sherman Tree statistics

Height above Base274.983.8
Circumference at Ground102.631.1
Maximum Diameter at Base36.511.1
Diameter 60′ (18.3 m) above base17.55.3
Diameter 180′ (54.9 m) above base14.04.3
Diameter of Largest Branch6.82.1
Height of First Large Branch above the Base130.039.6
Average Crown Spread106.532.5

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