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Trees are the biggest living organism found on our planet. Several tree species live a lot longer than other terrestrial organisms. The maximum height of common trees ranges between 400 ft to 426 ft. While some giant trees continue to achieve great heights, some are destroyed due to deforestation or natural disasters. In this blog, we will focus on the five biggest trees on earth that demonstrate the majestic power of nature.
The Rullah Longatyle was undoubtedly the world's most massive eucalyptus tree at 82.3 meters tall. This particular tree held the title of Australia’s second-largest tree by the overall volume of the trunk for years. The trunk volume of this tree is around 370 cubic meters. For comparison, this amount equals the volume of about five large freight containers.
The Rullah Longatyle was situated near Geeveston in Tasmania, Australia. Unfortunately, the 'strong girl', as locals used to call it, fell during the 2019 bushfires.
This red creek fir or Douglas Fir tree is almost 1000 years old. It also holds a record for being the world’s largest Douglas Fir having an overall diameter of 4.2 meters and an approximate height of 74 meters. This particular tree is in Vancouver Island and currently receives soft protection through an Old Growth Management Area.
The Tane Mahuta is the world's fifth-largest tree by volume, and it is almost 516 cubic meters by volume. The Tane Mahuta is also known as Agathis Australis and is currently located in the Waipoua Forest of the Northland Region, New Zealand.
The age of this tree is estimated to be between 1200 and 2500 years, and it is the biggest Kauri known to stand alive. This magnificent tree truly lives up to its name, "God of the Forest".
The sequoia, also known as conifers, generally grow in a narrow 60-mile strip on the left slope of Sierra Nevada. Some of the rare Sequoiadendron Giganteum can grow more than 300 feet, but the huge girth of the Giant Sequoia makes it the most massive one of its kind. In general, Sequoias are more than 20 feet in diameter, and some can even reach 35 feet across.
There are approximately seventy groves of Sequoia, especially in the Sierra, among which 33 are present in the Giant Sequoia National Monument. These Sequoias are among the largest trees on Earth in terms of the volume of the total wood. The biggest Sequoiadendron is named General Sherman and is located in the Giant Forest Grove.
The monkeypod tree, also called Samanea saman, is a landscape tree that can reach up to 30 meters with a massive umbrella-like canopy. It is mostly native to tropical America. The crown of the monkeypod can have an overall diameter of around 200 feet.
The wood of this tree can be easily turned into carvings, bowls, or platters and is commonly sold or displayed in Hawaii. The pods of this tree have a sticky brown pulp that is often used for feeding cattle in Central America.
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