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.

Grove of Titans

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

Fairly recently – in May 1998 Dr. Steve Sillet and Michael Taylor discovered a grove of some of the world’s largest trees and named it – Grove of Titans. In this amazing sector of redwoods grow the largest coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) by trunk volume, such as Lost Monarch (the largest by wood volume), Del Norte Titan, El Viejo Del Norte and the twin tree – Screaming Titans whose “double” trunk has a circumference of 28.6 m.

This grove has been preserved in pristine condition and the location of this grove is secret in order to prevent treading of soil and possible vandalism in this unique place. Wondermondo also does not know this location and the map here shows just an occasional location in the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

Del Norte Titan, California
Del Norte Titan / Yinghai, / CC BY 2.0

It seems though that quite many people know this location – there are faint trails around the trees. Wondermondo agrees, that such amazing place should be kept possibly intact: for mass tourism there are quite many places in redwoods which have all the necessary trails and fences.

Stoutest coast redwood

Del Norte Titan was discovered on May 11, 1998 and this beautiful tree has the largest circumference of a single trunk in its species and fourth largest volume of wood.

Serious contender to this title is Lost Monarch just across the nearby Mill Creek. This giant tree has larger circumference (24.13 m) (1), it is also taller – fantastic 97.84 m and has larger wood volume, but its circumference includes several trunks.

Del Norte Titan is included in the following list:

10 stoutest trees of the world
10 stoutest tree species of the world


  1. National Register of Big Trees 2014, accessed on July 9, 2014
Del Norte Titan on the map
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Location, GPS coordinates:41.8 N 124.11 W (approximately, exact location not shown)
Rating:3.5 out of 10 stars
Where is located?North America, United States, California, Humboldt County, Del Norte County, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Grove of Titans. Exact location not disclosed.
UNESCO World Heritage status:Part of “Redwood National and State Parks”, 1980, No.134.
Species:Coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens (D. Don) Endl.)
Height:93.6 m
Circumference:22.73 m
Diameter:7.2 m
Spread of crown:25.3 m
Volume:> 1,000 m³

Landmarks of California

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve / , Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Although California is one of states in the United States of America, Americans often compare it to a separate country, e.g. “if California would be a country, it would have the eighth largest economy in the world”. We can go on with this comparison – California has more landmarks and attractions than many large countries of the world.


Árbol del Tule, another aspect of trunk which shows that the trunk has elongated form
Árbol del Tule, another aspect of trunk which shows that the trunk has elongated form / cezzie901, / CC BY 2.0

Category includes some of the most impressive and interesting separate trees of the the world. Total number of tree species in the world still is a wild guess – may be 10,000 and may be 100,000 but most likely somewhere in between. Every month there are reported new tree species from the whole world, including the Western Europe.

Recommended books

Redwoods: The World’s Largest Trees

Portrays the anatomy and growth of the redwood, describes the plants and animals that share its habitat, and looks at the history of redwood logging.

Coast Redwood: A Natural and Cultural History

Coast Redwood is the first contemporary illustrated book to focus exclusively on the natural and cultural history of the world’s tallest tree. This handsome volume, updated and revised in 2011, contains 230 color images and 100 black and white historic photos and describes the origins, distribution, life history, ecology, and wildlife associated with coast redwood.

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