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Ranking of the tallest trees in the world


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

Have you ever wondered what the tallest trees in the world? We have done a little research for you to compile this standings. Beware of neck pain, to see the top of these giants you will have to bend your head a lot!



15 - The General Grant tree, 81.5 meters

The General Grant tree is the largest redwood tree 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 given 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 1956th President of the United States of America. The honors received by this tree do not end there: in it was awarded the title of National Shrine by President Dwight Eisenhower, in memory of the fallen in war.

  • Where it is: California, United States
  • Estimated age: about 1650 years
  • Species: Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum)

14 - Boole Tree, 81.9 meters

Located in the Sequoia National Forest, it still holds sixth place in the ranking of the tallest giant sequoias in the world. These trees are unique in the world and this particular specimen, which is thousands of years old, also has a circumference of 24,3 meters.



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

13 - Euclid Tree, 83.1 meters

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

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

12 - The General Sherman tree, 83.8 meters

A real colossus this imposing example of giant sequoia, one of the tallest in the world. It holds the record of the largest tree and living being on Earth, with its approximately 1487 m and a total weight of approximately 1.910 tons. Its name was given to it in 1879 by naturalist James Wolverton and is that of an American Civil War general, William Tecumseh Sherman.

  • Where it is: California, United States
  • Estimated age: between 2.300 and 2.700 years
  • Species: Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum)

11 - The Hart tree, 84.7 meters

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


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

10 - Mendocino Tree, 112.2 meters

Between December 1996 and August 2000, the tallest tree at 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 at Humboldt Redwoods State Park and later at Humboldt County's Redwood National Park. This tree is one of dozens of similar specimens in the same wood, but it is neither marked nor distinguished to remain protected from visitors and tourists.


  • Where it is: California, United States
  • Estimated age: 1300 years
  • Species: Sequoia sempervirens

9 - Paradox, 112.56 meters

Paradox held the record for height 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 it is: California, United States
  • Estimated age: 1180 years
  • Species: Sequoia sempervirens

8 - Rockefeller, 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 the Save the Redwoods League in order to purchase the wooded area and prevent its use by the Pacific Lumber Company. In 1931 the area of ​​approximately 37.8 km2, called Rockefeller Forest, became the main nucleus of Humboldt Redwoods State Park.


  • Where it is: California, United States
  • Estimated age: 2200 years
  • Species: Sequoia sempervirens

7 - Lauralin, 112,62 meters

This tree was discovered at 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 its leaves that they look down.


  • Where it is: California, United States
  • Estimated age: 1600 years
  • Species: Sequoia sempervirens

6 - Orion tree, 112.63 meters

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

  • Where it is: California, United States
  • Estimated age: 1830 years
  • Species: Sequoia sempervirens

5 - The National Geographic Society, 112.71 meters

Another Sequoia Sempervirens is in fourth place in this ranking. When it was discovered in 1994 it was declared the tallest tree in the world and held the record for a year.

What is known is that it is located at the Redwood Creek Tributary although the exact location remains unknown.

  • Where it is: California, United States
  • Estimated age: about 2000 years
  • Species: Sequoia sempervirens

4 - Stratosphere Giant, 113.11

It was discovered in July 2000 when it still measured 112,34 and earned the record as the tallest tree in the world, maintained until 2006. To date, the height has further increased, to exceed the "stratospheric" 113 meters, even if it is not enough to reach the first position in the standings.

  • Where it is: California, United States
  • Estimated age: 1500 years
  • Species: Sequoia sempervirens

3 - Icarus, 113.14 meters

Icarus is the third tallest tree in the world and was discovered on the same day as Helios (in second position), within hours, by naturalists Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor. In the book in which his discovery is told, he tells of how the tree had a sunburnt tip. This detail, however, does not help to identify it since in the same area there are hundreds of trees with the top in those conditions.

  • Where it is: California, United States
  • Estimated age: over 2000 years
  • Species: Sequoia sempervirens

2 - Helios, 114.58 meters

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

  • Where it is: California, United States
  • Estimated age: 2040 years
  • Species: 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. Even though it is the tallest tree in the world, it does not hold the first position 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 say the damage on its top prevented the tree from growing further and reaching a record height of 115,8 meters.

  • Where it is: California, United States
  • Estimated age: 1260 years
  • Species: Sequoia sempervirens
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