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Outstanding trees

Here are selected some of the most impressive and interesting separate trees of the the world. Circumference and diameter, if not stated otherwise, is measured at the narrowest place of trunk up to the 1.3 - 1.4 m height.

Drago Milenario, Tenerife
Drago Milenario, Tenerife / , Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Africa

  • Bois dentelle - Mauritius. Elaeocarpus bojeri (R.E. Vaughan) represented in the wild by just two trees. Tree has beautiful bell-formed white flowers.
  • Café marron - Rodrigues. The only specimen of Ramosmania rodriguesii (Tirveng. & Verdc.) in the wild, discovered in 1980.
  • Drago Milenario - Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife. Most famous dragon tree (Dracaena draco (L.) L.). 18 metres tall and circa 7 metres in girth.
  • Encephalartos aemulans - South Africa, Natal. Just two trees 10 km away from each other, on a single hill in northern Natal.
  • Encephalartos woodii (Sander) - South Africa, Natal. This treelike cycad does not exist in the wild anymore. Just few male specimens were seen in late 19th century - early 20th century. Since then this plant grows in several plant nurseries.
  • Glencoe Baobab - South Africa, Limpopo Province. Up to recent time - the stoutest baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) and stoutest tree in world. Diameter was 15.9 m, circumference - 46.6 m, height 16 m. In November 2009 split into two parts.
  • Encephalartos woodii in Santa Barbara, USA
    Encephalartos woodii in Santa Barbara, USA / , Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0
    Reakaly baobab (Ampanihy baobab) - Madagascar, Atsimo-Andrefana. Stoutest baobab Adansonia za (Baill.), girth 23 m (plaque at the tree says that 27 m). Largest tree in Madagascar.
  • Sagole Tree - South Africa, Limpopo Province. The largest tree in South Africa. This giant Adansonia digitata has a circumference of 33.72 m and height - 22 m.
  • The Cotton Tree - Sierra Leone, Freetown. Ceiba pentandra, symbol of the city, found growing in the town centre in 1792 when here came freed slaves from United States. Girth over 12 m. Site for offering prayers for peace and prosperity.

Asia

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Sri Lanka
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Sri Lanka / William Pfeifer, Wikimedia Commons, public domain.
  • Baishanzu Baishan firs - China, Zhejiang. Extremely rare species of fir (Abies beshanzuensis Wu 1976) consisting of only 3 trees.
  • Baji Cypress (King Cypress) - Tibet, Nyingchi. Largest known giant cypress (Cupressus gigantea W. C. Cheng & L.K. Fu), height circa 46 - 56 m, diameter - 5.8 m, approximately 2,600 years old (not testified).
  • Balete tree in Maria Aurora (Millenium Tree) - Philippines, Aurora. Balete (Ficus balete Merr.) - a species closely related to Ficus benjamina or its subspecies. Stem of this tree consists of multiple smaller stems and aerial roots and is hard to measure - but the diameter is 12 - 15 m. Height of this giant tree is 60 - 65 m.
  • Barangay Alegria Toog - Philippines, Agusan del Sur. Tallest known Philippine rosewood (Petersianthus quadrialatus Merr.), 96.9 m high or a bit lower, with 3,66 m diameter at its base. Sacred tree to Manobo people.
  • Chinese Ginkgo King (Tiantan ginkgo) - China, Guizhou. Enormous Ginkgo biloba L., girth 16.8 m, height 50 m, age told to be 4,000 years.
  • Tree Of Life, Bahrain
    Tree Of Life, Bahrain / , Flickr / CC BY 2.0
    Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Fig Tree) - Sri Lanka, North Central Province. Oldest known human planted tree (Ficus religiosa L.), planted 288 BC from a sapling of Bodhi tree where Buddha became enlightened. Girth of tree changed due to additional trunks grown together with the original one.
  • Kamou no Ohkusu - Japan, Kyushu. Camphor tree (Cinnamomum camphora (L.) J.Presl.) with a circumference of 24.2 m. Tree is some 30 m high, with estimated age of 1,5 thousand years.
  • Pakari Brikshya (Pakad, Falakasha, Devdaha banyan) - Nepal, Lumbini. Enormous, beautiful weeping fig (Ficus benjamina). Circumference of its trunk is approximately 25 m, height - approximately 30 m but the width of crown - some 150 m.
  • Sarv-e-Abarqu - Iran, Yazd. Oldest known individual tree in Asia, second oldest species of tree in world - more than 4,000 years old cypress (most likely Cupressus sempervirens L.). Age not proved. Beautiful, proportional tree, with a height of 25 m, circumference of trunk is 11.5 m.
  • The Great Banyan - India, West Bengal, Kolkata. Belongs to trees with largest canopy. This Ficus benghalensis L. is considered to be some 200 - 250 years old, area of canopy - 1.5 hectares, circumference of canopy - 1 kilometre. Height up to 25 metres, contains some 2,880 aerial roots rooted in soil.
  • Thimmamma Marrimanu - India, Andhra Pradesh. World's largest known single tree if measured by the area of its crown. Canopy of this banyan (Ficus benghalensis L.) covers 19,107 m².
  • Tnjri (Skhtorashen Tree) - Azerbaijan, Yukhari-Karabakh. Giant Platanus orientalis tree, more than 2,000 years old, with a circumference of 27 m, 54 m tall.
  • Tree of Life - Bahrain. Approximately 400 years old mesquite (Prosopis cineraria (L.) Druce) growing in a place devoid of water.

Australia and Oceania

Tasmania

Arve Big Tree, Tasmania, Australia
Arve Big Tree, Tasmania, Australia / TTaylor, Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-SA-3.0
  • Arve Big Tree - Australia, Tasmania. Second largest eucalypt and the largest mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans F.Muell.) in the world. Volume 360.1 m3, height 87 m, diameter 5.44 m.
  • Centurion - Australia, Tasmania. Highest known mountain ash and eucalypt (Eucalyptus regnans F.Muell.) in the world. Height 99.8 m, diameter 4.05 m (girth 13.7 m), volume 268 m3. Has been at least 103 m tall but the top is broken.
  • Gothmog - Australia, Tasmania. Largest Australian oak (Eucalyptus obliqua L'Hér.). Volume 337 m3. 53 m high, diameter 5.37 m.
  • Huon pine growth of Mount Read - Australia, Tasmania. Growth of genetically identical Huon pines (Lagarostrobos franklinii (Hook.f.) Quinn), stand of trees is 10,500 years old although none of trees is that old.
  • Neeminah Loggorale Meena - Australia, Tasmania. Highest Tasmanian blue gum (Eucalyptus globulus Labill.). Height 90.7 m, diameter 3.88 m, girth 12.2 m. There are claims that other specimens of species reached up to 101 m height.
  • Rullah Longatyle (Strong Girl) - Australia, Tasmania. The largest eucalypt and largest Tasmanian blue gum (Eucalyptus globulus Labill.) in the world. Volume 368 m3). Height 82.3 m, diameter 5.54 m.
  • Styx Valley Alpine Ash - Australia, Tasmania. Largest alpine ash (Eucalyptus delegatensis R.T.Baker). Volume 286 m3, diameter 5.41 m, height 72.0 m.
  • White Knight - Australia, Tasmania. Highest manna gum (Eucalyptus viminalis). 91,3 m high, diameter 3.30 m (girth 11.0 m), volume 180 m3.
Red tingle with 22.3 metre circumference, Western Australia
Red tingle with 22.3 metre circumference, Western Australia / , Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Other parts of Australia

  • Giant Tingle Tree ("Hollow trunk") - Australia, Western Australia. Stoutest red tingle (Eucalyptus jacksonii), girth 22.3 m, 30 m high.
  • Moreton Bay Fig in Bellingen - Australia, New South Wales. (Ficus macrophylla Desf. ex Pers.), girth 29 m, 50 m high.
  • Whitelaw Tree - Australia, Victoria. Largest (and also stoutest) shining gum (Eucalyptus nitens H.Deane & Maiden). 57.5 m high, girth 14.9 m, volume 200 m3.

Other countries of Oceania

Tāne Mahuta, Northland, New Zealand
Largest kauri - Tāne Mahuta, Northland, New Zealand / , Flickr / CC BY 2.0
  • Banyan trees of Tanna - Vanuatu, Tafea, Tanna island. Many historical villages of Tanna island have giant banyan trees which are located in the centre of local culture - dancing place (nasara). Diameter of such trees reportedly reaches 50 m. Banyan in Lomteuheakal has approximate trunk circumference of 26 m. Banyan of Yakel village has a house built on top - this house is used for circumcision of local boys. Kaluas is considered by locals to be the largest banyan tree in the world. Tree is extremely large, unfortunately no data about its size found.
  • Klinki in Bulolo Valley - Papua New Guinea, Morobe. Reported (but not verified) 88.9 m high specimen of Klinki Araucaria hunsteinii (K.Schumann 1889) in 1941. These trees are very tall and there is high probability to discover very tall specimens today as well.
  • Pennantia baylisiana - New Zealand, Great Island, Three Kings Islands. The only known specimen of (Pennantia baylisiana (W. Oliver) Baylis) in wild.
  • Taketakerau (Puriri in Opotiki) - New Zealand, Bay of Plenty. The largest puriri (Vitex lucens), with a circumference of 21.3 m, height 20 m. Sacred tree, supposedly more than 2,000 years old. Burials inside its hollow have been found.
  • Tāne Mahuta - New Zealand, Northland. Largest contemporary kauri (Agathis australis (D.Don) Loudon), volume 255 m3. Girth 13.77 m, height 45.2 m. Reports of larger trees in the forest.
  • Te Matua Ngahere - New Zealand, Northland. Stoutest contemporary kauri (Agathis australis (D.Don) Loudon). Girth 16.76 m, height 37.4 m.

Europe

  • Old Tjikko - Sweden, Dalarna. The oldest living clonal tree (Picea abies (L.) H.Karst.) in the world - its root system is at least 9,550 years old, while the tree above the soil is much younger.
  • Starkste Ecke im Ivenack - Germany, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Most impressive oak (Quercus robur L.) in Europe and the largest oak in Germany, 33 m high, circumference 11.25 m. The largest one in a group of 5 enormous oaks.
  • Stirton's Whitebeam (Sorbus stirtoniana T. G. C. Rich.) - United Kingdom, Wales, Montgomeryshire. This tree is known only from one specimen and discovered in February 2009. Included here to show that there are discovered new tree species even in Western Europe.

North America

Giant sequoia General Grant, California
Giant sequoia - General Grant Tree, California, United States / Miguel Vieira, Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

California

  • Boole Tree - United States, California. Giant sequoia (S. giganteum (Lindl.)) of enormous size. Height 81.9 m, girth at the breast height 24.3 m, volume 1,203 m3.
  • Carmanah Giant - Canada, British Columbia. One of the largest Sitka spruces (Picea sitchensis (Bong) Carr.), 95.7 m high, diameter 3.66 m.
  • Daisy Spruce - United States, California. Second highest Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis (Bong) Carr.), 96.6 m high.
  • Devil's Canyon Colossus - United States, California. Largest incense-cedar (Calocedrus decurrens ((Torrey) Florin), volume 223 m3. 50.3 m high, diameter 3.78 m.
  • Dorrington sugar pine - United States, California. Largest sugar pine (Pinus lambertiana Douglas). Volume 255 m3, diameter 3.53 m, height 66.1 m.
  • General Grant Tree - United States, California. Giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum (Lindl.)), second largest tree in the world. Height 81.5 m, girth at the breast height 27.8 m, volume 1,320 m3. This beautiful tree is declared as a National Shrine, memorial to those who died in war.
  • General Sherman - United States, California. Giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum (Lindl.) J.Buchh.), the largest tree of the world by volume. Volume 1,487 m3. Height 83.8 m, girth at the breast height 25.9 m. Believed to be 2,300 - 2,700 years old.
  • Giant sequoia General Sherman - largest of all trees
    Largest tree in the world - General Sherman, California, United States / , Flickr / CC BY 2.0
    Hyperion - United States, California. Tallest known tree in world, coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens (D. Don) Endl.). 115.61 m high, diameter 4.84 m. Contains 502 m3 of wood. In total more than 500 coast redwoods exceed height of 103 m.
  • Lost Monarch - United States, California. Largest coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens (D. Don) Endl.) in the world. Volume 1,206 m3. Height 97.84 m, circumference 24.13 m (includes multiple trunks).
  • Methuselah - United States, California. Great Basin bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva D.K.Bailey). Oldest known individual tree in world, 4,844 years old.
  • Raven's Tower - United States, California. Reportedly tallest Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis (Bong) Carr.), 96.9 m high.
  • Tallest Giant Sequoia - United States, California, Redwood Mountain Grove. Tallest giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum (Lindl.)), 94.9 m high.
  • The Chandelier Tree - United States, California. Enormous coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens (D. Don) Endl.) with large 1.83 x 2.64 m hole carved in 1930ies - car can drive through it. Height of the tree - 96 m.
Doerner Fir, Oregon, United States
Doerner Fir in United States, Oregon / US Bureau of Land Management, public domain.

Other states of United States

  • Doerner Fir (Brummet Fir) - United States, Oregon. Tallest coast Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii (Mirb.) Franco) in the world. Height 99.4 m, diameter 3.54 m, volume 237 m3. Some time ago was 100.3 m high.
  • Noble fir in Goat Marsh - United States, Washington. Highest known specimen in species (Abies procera Rehder 1940), height 89.9 m. Tree is dead now.
  • Pando - United States, Utah. Enormous clonal colony of single tree - Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.). Multiple trees covering area of 43 hectares with some 47,000 stems, all forming an single organism with a common root system. Total weight of Pando - 6,615 tons. Existence of larger clonal colonies highly possible.
  • Queets River Spruce - United States, Washington. Largest Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis ((Bongard) Carr.) in the world. Volume 337 m3. 75.6 m high, diameter 4.55 m.
  • Quinault Lake Red Cedar - United States, Washington. Largest specimen in species (Thuja plicata Donn ex D.Don). Volume 500 m3, including the hollowed middle. 55 m high, diameter 6.04 m.
Tule Tree, Oaxaca, Mexico
Tule Tree, Oaxaca, Mexico / Gengiskanhg, Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-SA-3.0

Other countries of North America

  • Árbol del Tule - Mexico, Oaxaca. One of the stoutest trees on Earth, Montezuma cypress (Taxodium mucronatum Ten., 1853). Girth 36.2 m, diameter 11.62 m, height 35.4 m. Discounting the buttresses of trunk the diameter - 9.38 m. Volume 750 m3. Age estimated to be 1,400 - 1,600 years. Sacred Zapotec tree.
  • Red Creek Fir - Canada, British Columbia. Largest coast Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii (Mirb.) Franco) in the world. Trunk volume 349 m3, height 73.8 m, diameter 4.23 m.

South America

Highest palms in the world in Cocora Valley, Colombia
Highest palms in the world in Cocora Valley, Colombia / Diego Andrés Alvarez Marín, Wikimedia Commons. CC-BY-SA-3.0
  • Alerce - Chile. Oldest known living alerce (Fitzroya cupressoides I.M.Johnst.) was 3,622 years old - this tree was felled. Alerce Milenario in Monumento Alerce Costero in Chile, Los Ríos is 3,260 years old.
  • Dendroseris neriifolia ((Dcne.) H. & A.) - Chile, Juan Fernández archipelago, Robinson Crusoe Island. Only two specimens of this tree found in wild.
  • Dendroseris gigantea - Alejandro Selkirk Island, Juan Fernández archipelago, Chile. Only one tree is found in the wild.
  • Wax palms of Cocora Valley - Colombia, Quindío. The highest palms Ceroxylon quindiuense (Karsten) in the world. Although the measured height is 43 metres, it is told that these extremely slender palms can reach a height of 60 m, some sources mention even 80 m! This palm grows in mountains up to 3,500 m high - this also is a record for palms.

Giant trees of the past

Over the last centuries people have been eager to cut forest and especially - large trees. None has doubts that in this way there have been lost many largest trees of the world. Unfortunately even at the beginning of 20th century these measurements in most cases were of dubious quality and most of data are not trustable.

Below are listed some of the interesting and large trees from the recent past. Don't trust too much some of the figures:

  • Lindsey creek tree is the largest known single organism in world. This coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens (D. Don) Endl.) was uprooted by a storm in 1905. Trunk volume of this tree was at least 2,550 m3.
  • Enormous coast Douglas fir in 1900, Washington
    Enormous coast Douglas fir in 1900, Washington. 9 feet diameter / From brochure "Seattle and the Orient"
    A Coast Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii (Mirb.) Franco) cut down in 1897 at Loop's Ranch, Washington (United States) was reported to have measured 142 m in height.
  • The Fergusson Tree (Eucalyptus regnans F.Muell.) in Victoria, Australia was 132.6 m high. It was cut down in 1871 or 1872. It is possible that the measurement was not exact. Exactly measured maximumt height for eucalypts is 114.3 m (Cornthwaite Tree, Victoria, Australia). Unfortunately this tree was also felled in 1881.
  • God's Valley Spruce (Oregon, United States) had enormous trunk - its diametre was 7.32 m.
  • There are pictures of western red cedar (Thuja plicata Donn ex D.Don) with a diameter up to 6.71 m.
  • Chestnut Tree of One Hundred Horses, Sicily
    Chestnut Tree of One Hundred Horses, Sicily.
    Charles Darwin reports that he found a specimen of alerce Fitzroya cupressoides (I.M.Johnst.) in Chile with a diameter 12.6 m (circumference circa 39.6 m). This is unusual as the largest specimens of this beautiful tree are much smaller nowadays - it seems possible that here is confused girth and diameter. But there has been proven that Fitzroya can live up to 3,622 years long making it the second oldest tree species.
  • L'Arbre du Ténéré in 1939, Niger
    L'Arbre du Ténéré in 1939, Niger. Once the loneliest tree in the world.
    Chestnut Tree of One Hundred Horses - Sicily, Italy. Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa Mill.). Once the stoutest tree in world - in 1780 measured circumference was 57.9 m. Now split in three stems, still growing. Considered to be 2,000 - 4,000 years old.
  • L'Arbre du Ténéré once was the loneliest and most isolated tree in the world. This Acacia sp. was located in north-east Niger and there was no other tree closer than 200 kilometres from it. Tree died in 1973.

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Map of described trees