World’s Tallest Tree

General Sherman Tree

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General Sherman Tree

General Sherman

The General Sherman is a giant sequoia tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, California. It is the largest known living single stem tree on earth. The General Sherman Tree is neither the tallest known living tree on Earth nor the oldest known living tree on Earth.

General Sherman Tree Looking Up

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The height of the tree is 275 ft and a diameter is 25 ft. An estimated age of the tree is 2,300–2,700 years. It is nevertheless among the tallest, widest and longest-lived of all trees on the planet. The tree lost a huge branch in 2006, which shattered a new walkway and fence below. The branch loss did not change the General Sherman’s status as the largest tree.

General Sherman Tree

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