The 100.2 m tall Sitka Spruce

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An amazing find in 2021 was the tallest Sitka spruce in the world. This tree is located in an undisclosed location and is 100.2 m tall!

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North America, United States, California, in the northern part of the state, in a protected redwood forest. Location is not disclosed.
Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis (Bong.) Carr.)
100.2 m
2.73 m (at 1.3 m height)

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This fantastic tree was a lucky find in the first half of 2021.

This tallest Sitka spruce was discovered by Michael Taylor and Tressa Gibbard and sometime later repeatedly measured together with Steve Sillett.

This tree grows among coast redwoods and, most likely, was forced to outperform these champions in the tree world. The diameter of the trunk at breast height is 2.73 m – the tree is incredibly slender! It is estimated that its age is 223 ± 33 years.


  1. Tressa Gibbard, Finding the Elusive 100m Non-Redwood With Michael Taylor and Steve Sillett. The Sugar Pine Foundation. Accessed on 26 June 2022.
  2. M. W. Taylor, New 100 m tree species confirmed!, 3 July 2021. Native Tree Society BBS. Accessed on 26 June 2022.
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