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20 BIGGEST Trees On Earth

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Published on Dec 3, 2018

Trees are one interesting organism. They can be no taller than a bush or you or me, but some can be bigger than you can look up from the ground or wider than you and your friends can link your arms around. Let’s look at the biggest trees found on Earth.

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7. The Shining Gum
Our next addition to the sub-Eucalyptus list we’re seemingly running on this list is the Eucalyptus nitens, popularly dubbed the “shining gumtree.” Its bark is known for its ribbon-like appearance and sheen. These types of evergreens can grow quite fast in its proper environment. It needs fertile soils and cool climate areas that receive a lot of rainfall--in this case, its native land of Australia’s Victoria and eastern New South Wales regions. Experts describe it as an “ornamental tree” not only for the shine to its trunk, but for its glossed foliage as well. Though these trees start off quite unstable at a young age, once they mature, they prove to be quite sturdy and stand firmly even in high winds.

6. The Sitka Spruce
Spruce up your life and learn about the Sitka spruce (too cheesy? Sorry). This species of spruce counts as the largest of them all as well as the 5th largest conifer in the world. Just look at how high over the canopy they reach! The Sitka spruce grows prevalently in Alaska--so prevalent that Alaska made it its symbol. The tallest of the Sitka spruces is named Raven’s Tower, located in the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in California, measuring to a height of 317.2 feet tall or 96.7 meters tall.

5. The Doerner Fir
The name refers to a specific Douglas Fir found in Coos County. While it’s not the tallest tree in the world, the Doerner Fir does measure as the tallest non-redwood tree in the world. This Douglas Fir measures to 327 feet or 99.7 feet tall and almost made it as the tallest tree in the world. What’s more, the Doerner Fir is about 500 years old--making it not only huge but also one of the oldest trees in the world. Douglas Firs already grow to be rather tall, on average 70 to 300 feet or 20 to 100 meters tall.

4. The Manna Gum
Eucalyptus viminalis, the manna gum, the ribbon gum--whatever you call this straight, Australian tree, it doesn’t change the fact it’s one of the tallest species in the world. Most of them measure to 130 tall--and that’s just commonly. The Manna gum is famous for its ribbon-like bark that just peels away. Its timber appears a pink color, characterized for its streaks of light gray. Koalas love this tree and will often use it as a source of food--with its sap known to seep out of the tree and fall off onto the ground during the summer.

3. The Mountain Ash: Centurion
Not to get confused with the shorter, stouter tree called the mountain ash Rowan’ were talking about Eucalyptus regnans. You might even heard of it in reference to the individual tree called the “Centurion” tree. It’s as mighty as it sounds. Centurion earns the title of the second tallest tree species in the world. Located in the southern region of Tasmania, Australia, Centurion itself stands at a height of 327 feet or 99.6 meters--with a trunk diameter of 13.3 feet or 4.05 meters.

2. Coast Redwood
Take a gander at those branches. Can you count how many branches it has? That would probably take you some time and a magnifying glass for sure. That’s the coast redwood. It usually grows between 100 to 385 feet or 30 to 117 meters high, making it the tallest kind of trees in the world. The tallest of the coast redwood is known as the redwood Hyperion, which lives in the Redwood National Park. Its trunk measures to a diameter of 30 feet or 9 meters and grew to be 379.1 feet or 115.5 meters tall--and that’s not even counting its long roots. Sequoia sempervirens can live to be between 1,200 to 1,800 years old. Back before commercial logging started in the mid 19th century, these trees used to take up about 2.1 million acres or 8,500 square kilometers of land in coastal California.

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