In the heart of California’s Sierra Nevada is one of the most awe-inspiring sights: The giant sequoia groves in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. 🌲 These towering trees are some of the world’s largest (by volume). They are as tall as an average 26-story building, and their bases can exceed the width of many city streets. This amazing pic of the snow-covered General Sherman Tree covered is from the archives courtesy of Ed Cooper. 

General Sherman is a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, in the U.S. state of California.By volume, it is the largest known living single stem tree on Earth.The General Sherman Tree is neither the tallest known living tree on Earth (that distinction belongs to the Hyperion tree, a Coast redwood),nor is it the widest (both the largest cypress and largest baobab have a greater diameter), nor is it the oldest known living tree on Earth (that distinctionbelongs to a Great Basin bristlecone pine).With a height of 83.8 meters (275 ft), a diameter of 7.7 m (25 ft), an estimated bole volume of 1,487 m3 (52,513 cu ft), and an estimated age of 2,300–2,700 years,it is nevertheless among the tallest,widest and longest-lived of all trees on the planet.

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This clip panning up the General Sherman, the largest tree in the world by volume, was not seen by nearly enough people while Vine was around. Let’s fix that.


Going back in time, two weeks ago (June 11) it was very cold and snowy in Sequoia National park. We met the largest tree in the world, General Sherman tree. It’s trunk is much wider than mom and Julie can reach. Dad and mom are standing in front of him.

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That’s a pretty solidly large tree.