Tree enthusiasts everywhere love finding tall trees that pique their interests, and we at Whatcom Tree Service are no different. No matter what your tree preferences, we encourage you to read on and learn more about some of the tallest trees in the country.
“General Sherman” Giant Sequoia, California
The biggest living tree in the entire world is currently rooted in Sequoia National Park, and it has been affectionately nicknamed “General Sherman” from General William Tecumseh Sherman. This tree weighs more than three 747 airplanes and boasts a circumference of 1,020 inches. Experts believe that this 274-foot tree is somewhere around 2,200 years old.
“Seven Sisters” Live Oak, Louisiana
At St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana lives an oak tree that is referred to as Seven Sisters. This tree is the largest certified southern oak tree in the country. We believe it to be about 1,500 years old. For years, it was thought to be several trees growing together, but the Register confirmed it to be one unique tree in 1967. Some people believe that the tree was named because of the seven sets of branches it has, but this oak actually got its name from a woman who was one of seven sisters. It has a circumference of 467 inches, and it stands 68 feet tall.
Osage Orange Tree, Virginia
This tree first made the Register in 2011, and compared to some of the other trees on this list, it is quite young! At only 200 years old, this tree has a girth of 349 inches and stands 60 feet tall. These trees are unique because of the bumpy, round fruit it produces that is filled with a sticky, white latex. Many experts believe that this fruit was once used to feed giant ground sloths, mammoths, and mastodons, but now the fruit is inedible. It’s prized for its ability to keep away pesky household insects. This tree’s wood is resistant to rot and extremely dense, which means that it is a favorite for fence posts and the handles of tools.
“Bennett” Western Juniper, California
Bennett is believed to be the fourth oldest tree in the world with an estimated age of around 3,000 years. This tree is still rooted firmly in California in Stanislaus National Forest. It was named after a naturalist named Clarence Bennett, the one who found the giant tree in 1932. This Western Juniper has a circumference of 481 inches and stands 78 feet tall. Much like General Sherman, this tree has been on the Register since 1940.
Wili Wili Coralbean, Hawaii
This is one of the newer trees on the Register, as it was added in 2014. Native to Hawaii, the wili wili coralbean is a flowering tree in the pea family. It is resistant to drought and often has orange, yellow, pink, green, and white blooms. Oddly enough, this tree loses its leaves in the summertime instead of the winter. In the fall, it grows seedpods that are a vibrant red. The locals string these seedpods into leis. Since the wood of these trees is low in density, they can be used for fishing net floats, canoe floats, and even surfboards.
“Quinault Lake” Western Redcedar, Washington
If you’ve ever been to Olympic National Park, you may have seen this giant! Western redcedars were quite important to Native Americans who lived in Oregon through southeast Alaska. Many of the northwestern tribes referred to themselves as “people of the redcedar.” These trees provided the wood, bark, and fibers these people needed to create many of their daily items. The wood of the redcedar contains a natural fungicide, which makes it quite popular for shingles, posts, siding, and decks. This tree is one-third the size of General Sherman. However, it has a circumference of 761 inches and stands 159 feet tall. It has remained the champion on the Register since 1945.
In our next blog, we will share a few more of the tallest trees in the country. While you might not have a record breaking tree in your yard, it still needs to be cared for! Call the tree specialists at Whatcom Tree Service today. We look forward to helping you maintain your yard!