We’re tree fanatics here at Whatcom Tree Service. And although we spend a whole lot of our time trimming them down and removing them, it comes from a place of deep appreciation. In Washington, our trees are nothing to scoff at. In all the areas of Northern Washington that we serve, the trees impress all over, garnering awe and compliments from out-of-state visitors on a consistent basis.
But impressive as our trees are, there are some out there in the world that outdo them! Whether it’s because of sheer size, an iconic shape, or symbolic significance to local peoples, there are certain trees that have made a mark on our world. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the most famous trees in existence.
Size isn’t everything, but for General Sherman, it sure is. This is the largest living tree (by volume) in the entire world, and it’s relatively close to Washington, sitting comfortably in Sequoia National Park, otherwise known as the Redwood Forest. It’s a common piece of trivia for most Americans that the Redwood Forest has the largest trees in the world, and that will never be more clear than when you look at the sheer majesty of General Sherman.
At a mighty 275 feet, General Sherman is only 30 feet shy of matching the Statue of Liberty in height, and its diameter is a whopping 100 feet. Named after Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman, this tree is titanic in size, and sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone who is lucky enough to visit. And it’s not going anywhere anytime soon — this 2000-year-old tree has seen the rise and fall of empires, and could ostensibly outlive us by another 1000 years, sure to be a popular tourist attraction when flying cars finally make their debut.
Located in Nottinghamshire, England, the “Major Oak” sits right in the heart of 450-acre Sherwood Forest. Sound familiar? That’s right, this tree is smack in the middle of Robin Hood’s forest, and is a popular tourist attraction for aficionados of England’s favorite noble thief. Many Robin Hood stories actually include the Major Oak, purporting that the outlaw would take shelter in its hollow trunk from time to time.
Like most Robin Hood stories, this would be a myth, given that the Major Oak would likely have been little more than an acorn or sapling during the time of King Richard and Prince John, due to its estimated age of 800-1000 years. However, that doesn’t make it any less fun to visit!
The Major Oak has grown so large that it has required extensive scaffolding to support its behemoth branches since the Victorian era. An impressive sight to behold, this tree is steeped in history and gives you a good excuse to visit the legendary forest of Robin Hood of old.
The Sunland Baobab
Of all the trees in this list, the Sunland Baobab is the only one that’s able to claim that it has a fully functioning bar inside of it. That’s right, while Major Oak is spacious enough to fit Robin Hood and Little John, the Sunland Baobab in Modjadjiskloof, South Africa actually has a bar inside where you can enjoy a drink.
This is possible due to the tree’s enormous girth. While not a very tall tree (relatively), this baobab’s base is 155 feet wide, which makes it the widest in South Africa and one of the widest in the world, beating out General Sherman handily. If seeing gargantuan trees is on your bucket list, you’d do well to make the Sunland Baobab part of your itinerary, and hey, it’ll give you an opportunity to enjoy a nice drink.
Care For Your Washington Trees
We love looking at some of the most famous trees in the world, and if we’re lucky, perhaps some of our northern Washington trees can make the cut someday! This is possible if we’re good stewards over our trees, and that’s exactly what we strive to be at Whatcom Tree Service, happily serving the people of Whatcom County, Bellingham, and beyond for years.
If you’re looking for a commercial or residential tree service, we can do it all for you — tree removal, stump grinding, tree trimming, pruning, and more. Ready to get started? Don’t hesitate to contact us today for a free quote!