Ranking of the World's Tallest Trees: Where are they?

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What are the tallest trees in the world?


They are true giants of nature, the tallest trees in the world. They grow silently but inexorably, reaching dizzying heights, even over centuries, sometimes millennia. Establishing their age is really difficult, without being able to cut the trunk and thus put an end to their life! They are spectacular and scenographic representatives of the plant world and make men feel really small, compared to their greatness.

Have you ever wondered which are the tallest trees in the world? We've done a little research for you to compile these ranks- watch out for a sore neck, to see the top of these giants you'll have to tilt your head a lot!



15 - The General Grant Tree, 81.5 meters (81.5 meters)

The General Grant tree is the largest sequoia in the General Grant Grove section of Kings Canyon National Park in California. It is also the second largest tree in the world and follows another sequoia, the General Sherman. Its name was assigned to it in 1867 in honor of General Ulysses Grant, part of the Union Army that participated in the American Civil War. Later, he also became the eighteenth president of the United States of America. The honors received by this tree do not end there: in 1956 President Dwight Eisenhower granted it the title of National Shrine, in memory of the fallen in the war.

  • Where: California, United States
  • Estimated age: about 1650 years old
  • Metal: Giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum)

14 - Boole's Tree, 81.9 meters (81.9 meters)

Located in the Sequoia National Forest, it still ranks as the sixth tallest giant sequoia in the world. These trees are unique in the world and this particular specimen, millennial, also has a circumference of 24.3 meters.



  • Where: California, United States
  • Estimated age: 2100 years
  • Metal: Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum)

13 - Euclid tree, 83.1 meters (83.1 meters)

It was recognized and measured in 1989 by "big tree hunter" Wendell Flint, with the help of Bob Walker. Flint later discovered that, by volume, it is also the 17th largest tree in the world.

  • Where: California, United States
  • Estimated age: /
  • Metallic: Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum)

12 - General Sherman's tree, 83.8 meters (1,000 ft.)

A true colossus this imposing specimen of giant sequoia, one of the tallest in the world. It holds the record for the largest tree and living thing on Earth, with its approximately 1487 my a total weight of approximately 1,910 tons. Its name was given in 1879 by naturalist James Wolverton and is that of an American Civil War general, William Tecumseh Sherman.

  • Location: California, United States
  • Estimated age: between 2,300 and 2,700 years old.
  • Metallic: Giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum)

11 - The Hart Tree, 84.7 meters (84.7 meters)

The tree is named after Michael Hart, the man who discovered and measured it in 1880. It is located in Sierra Nevada, California, and was thought to be the fourth largest sequoia in the world. However, to date it is ranked 24th.


  • Where: California, United States
  • Estimated age: /
  • Metallic: Giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum)

10 - Mendocino tree, 112.2 meters (112.2 meters)

Between December 1996 and August 2000, the tallest tree in Montgomery Woods, called the Mendocino Tree, was the tallest tree in the world. It was displaced from the top position by a series of taller trees discovered in Humboldt Redwoods State Park and later in Humboldt County Redwood National Park. This tree is one of dozens of similar specimens in the same forest, but is not marked or distinguished to remain protected from visitors and tourists.


  • Where: California, United States
  • Estimated age: 1300 years
  • Metallic: Sequoia sempervirens

9 - Paradox, 112.56 meters

Paradox held the height record just before the discovery of the Mendocino tree. Naturalist Michael W. Taylor discovered this tree and named it Paradox because its trunk was, paradoxically, very narrow compared to the height of the tree itself.

  • Where: California, United States
  • Estimated age: 1180 years
  • Metallic: Sequoia sempervirens

8 - Rockefeller, 112.6 meters (112.6 meters)

The Rockefeller tree is also known by the names tall tree, tallest tree, fourth tallest tree and Jerry Partain tree. The official name comes from John D. Rockefeller, who between 1926 and 1929 donated $2 million to Save the Redwoods League to purchase the wooded area and prevent its use by Pacific Lumber Company. In 1931, the area of approximately 37.8 km2, called Rockefeller Forest, became the main nucleus of the Humboldt Redwoods State Park.


  • Where: California, United States
  • Estimated age: 2200 years
  • Metallic: Sequoia sempervirens

7 - Lauralin, 112.62 meters (112.62 meters)

This tree was discovered on the South Fork Eel River in Humboldt, California, by naturalists Paul Zinke and Al Strangenburger in 1966. It is a majestic specimen of Sequoia sempervirens and is distinguished by its reddish color and downward facing leaves.


  • Where: California, United States
  • Estimated age: 1600 years
  • Metallic: Sequoia sempervirens

6 - Orion Tree, 112.63 meters (112.63 meters)

Despite its enormous size, this is a difficult tree to identify and its exact location is unknown. The growth of this particular type of tree is believed to be around 12 meters per year.

  • Where: California, United States
  • Estimated age: 1830 years
  • Metallic: Sequoia sempervirens

5 - The National Geographic Society, 112.71 meters (112.71 meters)

Another Sequoia sempervirens ranks fourth in this ranking. When it was discovered in 1994, it was declared the tallest tree in the world and held the record for one year.

What is known is that it is located in the tributary of Redwood Creek, although the exact location is unknown.

  • Where: California, United States
  • Estimated age: about 2000 years old
  • Metallic: Sequoia sempervirens

4 - Stratospheric giant, 113.11

It was discovered in July 2000 when it was still 112.34 and held the record as the world's tallest tree, held until 2006. To date, the height has increased even more, to exceed 113 "stratospheric" meters, even if that is not enough to reach the first place.

  • Where: California, United States
  • Estimated age: 1500 years
  • Metallic: Sequoia sempervirens

3 - Icarus, 113.14 meters (113.14 meters)

Icarus is the third tallest tree in the world and was discovered the same day as Helios (in second place), in a matter of hours, by naturalists Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor. In the book in which their discovery is recounted, they tell how the tree had its tip burned by the sun. This detail, however, does not help to identify it, since in the same area there are hundreds of trees with the top in that condition.

  • Where: California, United States
  • Estimated age: over 2000 years old
  • Metallic: Sequoia sempervirens

2 - Helios, 114.58 meters

Helios was discovered by Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor in July 2006 in Redwood National Park. Since its discovery this tree has also grown and its height is somewhat less than that of the first ranked tree. The position of the tree has been kept secret for some time, today it is known that instead of being in a forest, it is placed on top of a hill.

  • Where: California, United States
  • Estimated age: 2040 years
  • Metallic: Sequoia sempervirens

1 - Hyperion, 115.61 meters

The tallest tree in the world can only be a Sequoia sempervirens and can only be found in Northern California. Although it is the tallest tree in the world, it does not rank first in terms of volume. Naturalists Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor discovered it on August 25, 2006 in a remote area of Redwood National and State Parks. Some researchers claim that damage to its crown prevented the tree from growing further and reaching a record height of 115.8 meters.

  • Where: California, United States
  • Estimated age: 1260 years
  • Metallic: Sequoia sempervirens

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