14 October 2012

General Sherman, The Biggest Tree in The World

Just saw in Facebook regarding the General Sherman Tree (Sequoiadendron giganteum) , so big and tall. It is larger than 30 blue whales. Really the most Magnificent Living Trees ever!

   

A few info from Wikipedia :

 

The General Sherman is a giant sequoia tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, California. 

By volume, it is the largest known living single stem tree on Earth. With a height of 83.8 metres (275 ft), a diameter of 7.7 metres (25 ft), an estimated bole (trunk) volume of 1,487 cubic metres (52,513 cu ft), and an estimated age of 2,300 – 2,700 years. It is however among the tallest, widest and longest-lived of all trees on the planet.

In 1879 this tree was named after American Civil War general, William Tecumseh Sherman, by naturalist James Wolverton, who had served as a lieutenant in the 9th Indiana Cavalry under Sherman. 

More info about the Sherman's root ball

General Sherman’s root ball covers almost 2 full acres and contains over 100,000 cubic feet of dirt. That’s more than enough to fill up an Olympic-size swimming pool, and it sprouted from a seed that weighed 1/6000th of one ounce.

Just wondering how far the roots growing into the earth.
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