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10 Places to See the World’s Biggest Trees

posted in: World  |  posted by: Jennifer Gregory on October 22, 2008  |  9 Comments

Looking for something different to do on a lazy weekend? Perhaps a trip to the nearest park or forest to explore the terrain is in order. Imagine the look of wonder on your child’s face as he stands next to the trunk of one of the largest trees in the world, suddenly realizing how tiny he is in comparison. The biggest and best trees can be found all over the world. Check out a few of these incredible species.

10. Douglas Fir

Douglas Fir

Deep within Point Reyes National Seashore park in California, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the Douglas Fir tree. Simply look up and you’ll see that the fir trees stand taller than most of the other trees on this side of the Inverness Ridge. A Douglas Fir is a coniferous tree that can range from anywhere between 20 and 120 meters, or 394 feet, tall. This makes it one of the tallest tree varieties in existence.

9. Mountain Ash

Mountain Ash

The Mountain Ash tree, also known as eucalyptus regnans, is most commonly found in Southeastern Australia. There are a number of different trees that use the name “mountain ash” and none of them are related. This particular tree, however, is a different species of Eucalyptus that can grow up to 230-400 feet tall. The tree is known for being the tallest flowering plant in the world. The ones pictured were seen outside of Marysville in Victoria, Australia.

8. Karri

Karri Trees

A Karri tree is yet another species of Eucalyptus and is also most commonly found in Western Australia. Its 90-meter height ranks it amongst the tallest trees in the world. The Karri tree is usually only found in high rainfall zones. Due to its brilliant colors, and because termites don’t like the taste, the wood of the Karri tree is often used in building homes and roof tops. In Gloucester you’ll find a tree that was pegged so that visitors could climb it to watch for brushfires. Don’t climb if you’re afraid of heights!

7. Kauri Pine

Kauri Pine

The Kauri Pine tree, also known as the agathis, can be found across a number of Pacific countries and islands, including Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand, and Malayasia. These trees have existed since the Jurassic period and usually feature incredibly wide trunks. The trees grow tall, but normally don’t have branches until high up in the tree itself. Look south of the equator for these monstrous trees, especially in places like Waipoua Forrest in New Zealand.

6. Turkey Oak

Turkey Oak

The Turkey Oak tree is also known as the Turkish Oak. This specific variety of oak tree can usually be found in the southern portions of Euripe and Asia. These gigantic trees grow up to 40 meters tall and features trucks up to two meters in width. If you thought the acorns falling in your backyard were huge, imagine having one with a 2 centimeter (almost a full inch) cup fall on your head? Keep your eyes peeled for these trees in places such as the Croome Landscape Park in Worcestershire, England.

5. Coast Redwood

Coast Redwoods

Coast Redwood trees are part of the Sequoia family and are also commonly referred to as California Redwoods. These amazing trees live over 2,000 years each and grow to incredible heights (380 feet) and widths (26 feet in diameter). Coast Redwoods can be found along the Pacific Coast of North America and are most well-known in California. Popular places to see these trees are in Redwood National Park and in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

4. Sitka Spruce

Sitka Spruce

The Sitka Spruce tree can be found along the west coast of North America, ranging from Kodiak, Alaska all the way down to Fort Bragg, California. The Sitka is the largest variety of spruce tree and the third largest conifer tree species in the world. These trees grow anywhere from 50-100 meters tall, with trunks in diameter from 5-7 meters. The tallest Sitka trees can be found in Pacific Rim National Park in Canada, in Olympic National Park in Washington, and in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in California.

3. Montezuma Cypress

Montezuma Cypress

The incredible Montezuma Cypress tree is native to the southern portion of Mexico, but can be found in the southern part of Texas as well. The tree grows incredibly fast and is very tolerant to droughts, perfect for the weather in the Mexican highlands. These trees average heights up to 40 meters tall with a 3 meter diameter, but often grow even larger. We’ve spotted them all over southern Mexico, especially in places like Oaxaca.

2. Jarrah

Jarrah

The Jarrah tree is one of the most popular eucalyptus species. Found in Western Australia, this tree grows up to 40 meters tall and 3 meters in diameter. It is unique in that its roots reach almost as far into the ground as it is high, giving the Jarrah the ability to find water during droughts. These trees also store carbohydrates that allow them to rebuild if they are damaged in wildfires. The flowers are great for making honey, and the wood is excellent for cabinets and furniture. Watch for these trees on your next trip through Australia – they’re difficult to miss.

1. Giant Redwood

Giant Redwoods

The Giant Redwood, otherwise known as Giant Sequoias and Sierra Redwoods, are classified as one of the three types of redwood trees in existence. These trees are not known as one of the largest simply due to their height, but because of the combination of height and width. The average tree grows up to 280 feet tall but can also have a width of up to 24 feet! The bark itself is often up to three feet thick. The best place to see the biggest Giant Redwood trees is in Sierra Nevada, California. You may also find some protected trees in Kings Canyon National Park and at the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

Remember, when it comes to trees, the tallest trees aren’t always the biggest. Don’t forget to check out both the height and width of the trees you choose to explore. If you should happen to find a tree trunk that’s been cut, remember to count the rings to figure out how old he was. Enjoy!

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9 Responses to “10 Places to See the World’s Biggest Trees”

  1. mike@ft worth roofing says on

    Up in the North West, they cut those trees down to make cedar shakes and shingles… shame!

  2. M. D. Vaden of Oregon says on

    Lately, I’ve been in the coast redwoods the most.

    But I like the Sitka spruce coastal forests equally well.

    MDV

    Oregon

  3. Mordecai-Rodnipoff says on

    Yeah those Eucalyptus trees are really tall and freaky looking. They discovered a new giant at 102 meters tall in Tasmania. These trees used to get as tall as 110-130 m before logging days (dozens of measured specimens testify to this). Also the Douglas fir used to have the tallest trees in the North America, with trees reaching 110-127 m in British Columbia and WA state– even reported as tall as 140 m in some valleys in Wash. (Black Hills, near Bordeaux ring any bells loggers?) The Red Cedars were also logged from the valleys of the North West coast for shingles. These trees got 50-90 m tall and 2 – 9 m in diameter at breast height.

  4. Tarsipies says on

    I think that Red Tingle, in the Valley of the Giants near Walpole, Western Australia should be included before Jarrah, as it famous for its girth, and specimen much higher that jarrah.

  5. abbeykroeter says on

    What a cool site! I have always imagined seeing these monster and majestic trees and finally here are some cool pictures to help bring me that much closer. I’ve seen the coastal redwoods (outrageous) and remember reading about the mountain ash of Australia in the Guinness book, so i want to see the rest! Stories, movies, etc… have sometimes included forests of “fantasy” giant trees and I figured they had to based on something impressive. These trees should be talked about and protected all the time. If they are cut down, exactly where else are we going to see them? Another planet? Not in my lifetime

  6. AAA says on

    There are very old forest and very big trees in TAIWAN.
    http://www.kyoboku.com/tabi/0512/1231.html
    http://www.kyoboku.com/tabi/0512/0101.html

  7. emaa says on

    amazing

  8. ziggy koenigseder says on

    Come to Bellingen in NSW, Australia, we have some of the most magnificent Camphor Laurels,over 100 years old,sadly our council classifies them as weeds,what do they know. We are trying to save them from the chainsaw,please everyone who reads this help us to educate and change their minds.Even better,come and visit and see for yourself

  9. Tarsipies says on

    Termites actually LOVE karri and will go out or their way to find a karri board in a house. That is why they used karri in the roof and not the stumps! Tallest tree in Europe is a planted karri in Portgual. Gloucester Tree is found in Pemberton WA named after Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, when he visited the site in 1946 as Gov. General of Aust. after war with his wife Alice.

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