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Top 10 stoutest trees of the world

Unique list of world's stoutest trees

The list below is unique collection of the 10 stoutest trees (species) on our planet.

We start with No.10 and at the end comes the stoutest tree on Earth - No.1.!

10. Giant Tingle Tree ("Hollow trunk")

Giant Tingle Tree, Western Australia
Giant Tingle Tree with a person in front of the tree./ Amanda Slater, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0.
Location:Australia, Western Australia
Species:Red tingle (Eucalyptus jacksonii Maiden)
Circumference:22.3 m
Height:30 m

In the southern part of Western Australia is found unique subtropical forest - Valley of the Giants. Here grow some of the largest trees in the world, including the Giant Tingle Tree.

This giant tree is very unusual - it is "emptied out" by a giant hollow. This hollow is some 15 m high and has been created by forest fires and further expanded by insects and fungus. Now in this hollow can enter one hundred people - and it still would not feel congested. Tree looks as if it may fall at the next storm but it miraculously stands and persists.

It is assessed that the Giant Tingle Tree is some 400 years old. Tree has lost upper half of its trunk and thus is much lower than many other old red tingles.

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9. Del Norte Titan

Del Norte Titan, California
Del Norte Titan with arborist M. D. Vaden in front./ Mario D. Vaden, / CC BY 2.0

Coast redwood is the tallest tree in the world, but also the girth of its trunk is very large. Del Norte Titan has the largest circumference of single trunk in this species - 22.73 m.

Del Norte Titan was discovered on May 11, 1998 and this beautiful tree has the fourth largest volume of wood in the world.

Serious contender to the title of stoutest redwood is Lost Monarch just across the nearby Mill Creek. This giant tree has larger circumference (24.13 m), it is also taller - fantastic 97.84 m and has larger wood volume, but its circumference includes several trunks.

Location:United States, California
Species:Coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens (D. Don) Endl.)
Circumference:22.73 m
Height:93.6 m

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8. Reakaly baobab (Ampanihy baobab)

Location:Madagascar, Atsimo-Andrefana Region
Species:Adansonia za (Baill.)
Circumference:23 m
Height:?

It is well possible that the giant baobab near Reakaly village at Ampanihy town is the largest tree in Madagascar. The trunk of this beautiful tree has a circumference of some 23 m.

Reakaly village is located in the unique Madagascaran dry forest ecosystem. This eerie landscape is adorned with spiky, greyish-brown plants of fantastic forms.

This giant baobab is a sacred tree - picturesque tree with hundreds of bats living in its hollow. Under the tree lives (or lived?) even Madagascar ground boa.

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7. Kamou no Ohkusu

Kamou no Ohkusu - the largest camphor tree in Japan
Kamou no Ohkusu - the largest camphor tree in Japan./ Masahiko Ohkubo, / CC BY 2.0
Location:Japan, Kyushu
Species:Camphor tree Cinnamomum camphora ((L.) J.Presl.)
Circumference:24.22 m
Height:30 m

The largest camphor tree Cinnamomum camphora in Japan and, possibly, world is Kamou no Ohkusu. Circumference of its trunk is 24.22 m!

Kamou no Ohkusu is very old tree (estimated age at least 1,500 years) and a legendary tree. Tree has been damaged by the fierce typhoons in 1997 and 2004 but local townspeople do whatever possible to keep care of this natural monument.

Inside the tree is large hollow, with an area of some 13 m², just like a pretty large room. Thos hollow was a popular resting place for homeless people until April 2000, when a locked door was installed in front of this unusual room. Next to the tree is also a school and also children earlier loved to hide in the hollow.

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6. Banyan in Lomteuheakal

Large banyan in Tanna with ritual house built in the tree, Vanuatu
Large banyan in Tanna with ritual house built in the tree. This is not the banyan in Lomteuheakal / Paul Stein, / CC BY-SA 2.0
Location:Vanuatu, Tafea
Species:Chinese banyan (Ficus microcarpa L.f.)
Circumference:˜ 26 m
Height:?

In Lomteuheakal village (central Tanna Island) is located a giant and beautiful banyan tree which has one of the thickest trunks in the world. Circumference of this tree micht reach or exceed 26 meters.

Banyan in Lomteuheakal has a single central trunk which looks very impressive. Wondermondo has not found information about the circumference of this tree but there are multiple images with people standing next to the tree. Thus it is easy to compare the height of people with the diameter of the tree: diameter of tree is at least 8 m but most likely a bit more. Thus we can assume that its circumference is 26 m or more.

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5. Tnjri

Tnjri - giant plane-tree, Azerbaijan
Tnjri - possibly the world's largest plane-tree./ Norayr Ghazaryan, , CC BY-SA 3.0
Location:Azerbaijan, Yukhari-Karabakh
Species:Oriental plane (Platanus orientalis L.)
Circumference:27 m
Height:54 m

Most likely the largest plane-tree in the world grows in Karabakh. This tree, reportedly, is more than 2,030 years old and its trunk has a circumference of 27 m.

Tree is sacred to local people and traditions prohibit to do any harm to the tree. According to stories this tree has been visited by many famous people - such as inventor of Armenian alphabet Mesrop Mashtots (the 5th century AD), first Armenian historian Movses Khorenatsi (the 5th century AD), musician and poet Sayat-Nova (the 18th century).

It is not known to Wondermondo whether circumference of 27 m is measured at the base of the tree or at the classic 1.3 m height. One source (In Russian: Anokhin G.I., 1999., Three fates) states that circumference at the base is 31.5 m, thus it is possible that 27 m are measured at the breast height.

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4. General Grant Tree

General Grant Tree around 1936, California
General Grant Tree around 1936./ George A. Grant, / public domain
Location:United States, California
Species:Giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum (Lindl.) J.Buchh.)
Circumference:27.8 m
Height:81.5 m

Those who have seen this tree say that no images, numbers or descriptions can create the real life impression. General Grant Tree by all accounts is an unforgettable view - this is the third largest tree in the world by volume, extremely tall, stout and approximately 1,650 years old.

There are sequoias with bigger circumference at the ground level. Thus Waterfall Tree in Alder Creek Grove has a circumference of 47 m at the ground level. This giant number is due to a buttress - and, when measuring the circumference properly, there should be taken a height of 1.3 - 1.4 m above the buttresses.

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3. Sagole Tree (Sagole Baobab)

Sagole Baobab, South Africa
Sagole Baobab / Lara Allen, Tshulu Trust, published with kind permission
Location:South Africa, Limpopo Province
Species:Baobab (Adansonia digitata L.)
Circumference:33.72 m
Height:22 m

The Champion tree of South Africa is Sagole Baobab. This really means something – in South Africa there are some of the stoutest trees of the world.

This giant tree currently is the stoutest in the country. Some time ago the stoutest was Glencoe Baobab with the incredible circumference of 46.6 metres, but unfortunately this tree split into two parts in November 2009.

Age of Sagole Baobab has not been scientifically proven but most likely it by far exceeds 1,000 years.

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2. Árbol del Tule

Árbol del Tule, Mexico
Árbol del Tule, another aspect of trunk which shows that the trunk has elongated form / cezzie901, / CC BY 2.0
Location:Mexico, Oaxaca
Species:Montezuma cypress (Taxodium mucronatum Ten., 1853)
Circumference:36.2 m
Height:35.4 m

One of main tourist attractions in the Mexican state of Oaxaca is an amazing tree - Árbol del Tule (Tule Tree). This Montezuma cypress at the breast height has a circumference of 36.2 m, thus making this species second stoutest in the world.

Tree most likely is some 1,400 - 1,600 years old and has been a sacred tree to local Zapotec culture.

Configuration of the trunk of Árbol del Tule is unusual - tree is buttressed, with elongated form of the crossection of trunk. This unusual form and unique size of it could be explained with the great age and existence of mighty branches which are "fortified" with fast growth under these branches in order to prevent them from splitting.

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1. Balete tree in Maria Aurora (Millenium Tree)

Balete tree in Maria Aurora, Philippines
Balete tree in Maria Aurora / , Flickr / CC BY 2.0
Location:Philippines, Aurora
Species:Balete (Ficus balete Merr.) or weeping fig (Ficus benjamina L.)
Circumference:> 37.7 m
Height:60 - 65 m

There is eerie and somewhat creepy balete tree amidst papaya plantations near Maria Aurora village. It is some 60 - 65 m tall and some 60 adult people are needed to get their arms around this incredible tree. This is Millenium Tree - one of the largest trees in the world.

The tree has a diameter of some 12 - 15 m. This is more than any other tree in the world known to Wondermondo but it can be disputed whether Millenium Tree has the stoutest trunk in the world because it consists of numerous smaller aerial roots and trunks.

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Remarks about this list

Giant Forest, United States
Giant Forest in California, United States. Whole grove consists of enormous sequoia trees / Davigoli, Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

While Wondermondo has tried his best to collect exact measurements (1.3 - 1.5 m above the ground or above the buttresses, tree with a single trunk etc.), there are deviations from this principle:

  • The possible stoutest tree of the world - balete tree in Maria Aurora (Philippines) consists of numerous smaller trunks which are bundled together. Nevertheless this giant tree leaves largely monolithic impression and thus it is included here. Also the other banyan (Banyan in Lomteuheakal, Vanuatu) in this list may include numerous smaller air roots, but its trunk is certainly one whole.
  • Some trees are not measured and given figures are approximate. This again refers to both banyans whose dimensions are determined by comparing their diameter to the height of people standing at these trees. Wondermondo though has made the necessary approximations and taken precautionary approach, e.g. in reality these trees almost certainly are LARGER.
  • Most of trees which are listed here, are in some way unusual - some have larger circumference due to enormous branch near the ground level (Sagole Tree), others have trunks of non-typical configuration (Árbol del Tule) and regarding the oriental plane Tnjri it is not clear whether its lower part is buttress or a remnant of once giant tree.

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