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The Giant Sequoia Tree - Nature's Largest Living Thing

If you have never seen one it is quite a site to behold. The Giant Sequoia tree is truly a marvel of nature. The tree can grow to a height of over 300 feet and some can have a diameter of over 30 feet at their base. Some Giant Sequoias are known to be over 3,200 years old making them among the oldest living organisms on the planet.

The trees have are only found in their natural environment in the western Sierra Nevada mountains in California. Experimental plantings have been started in places such as Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New York and Vermont, but of course none of these trees even comes close to the size of the ones you will find in California.

I have had the privilege to see the Grizzly Giant in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park and it is incredible. The base measures 28 feet in diameter and the first branch on the tree is about 100 feet up and is 6 feet in diameter. Here are some pictures of Giant Sequoias below taken by various people and posted at Flickr.com. Enjoy them, but try to make a trip to California some day to see the real thing.

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Californian Poppy | Yosemite National Park, California

Ping Timeout posted a photo:

Californian Poppy | Yosemite National Park, California

Picture-perfect scene, thanks to the wild Californian Poppies, that carpeted the entire hill. Simply amazing.



Sierra National Forest | Yosemite National Park, California

Ping Timeout posted a photo:

Sierra National Forest | Yosemite National Park, California

Towering granite cliffs, on the way to Yosemite National Park. A sight that's not to be missed.



Californian Poppy | Yosemite National Park, California

Ping Timeout posted a photo:

Californian Poppy | Yosemite National Park, California

Californian Poppy became the official state flower in 1903. Sighted on the way to Yosemite, on Highway 140.



On the way to Yosemite | Yosemite National Park, California

Ping Timeout posted a photo:

On the way to Yosemite | Yosemite National Park, California

Highway 140...



Bessie

Dirk Desmet posted a photo:

Bessie

Bessie, my Sequoia Sempervirens I'm growing is 53cm high right now.

Everyone should plant at least one tree once in a lifetime.

Start growing them:
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General Sherman tree - world's largest

D70 posted a photo:

General Sherman tree - world's largest

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.

Height above base274.9 ft 83.8 m
Circumference at ground 102.6 ft 31.3 m
Maximum diameter at base36.5 ft 11.1 m
Diameter 4.50 ft (1.37 m) above height point on ground 25.1 ft 7.7 m
Girth Diameter 60 ft (18 m) above base 17.5 ft 5.3 m
Diameter 180 ft (55 m) above base 14.0 ft 4.3 m
Diameter of largest branch 6.8 ft 2.1 m
Height of first large branch above the base 130.0 ft 39.6 m
Average crown spread 106.5 ft 32.5 m
Estimated bole volume52,508 cu ft 1,487 m3
Estimated mass (wet) (1938) 2,105 short tons 1,910 t
Estimated bole mass (1938) 2,472,000 lb 1,121 t



I came across this big tree while out for a drive

D70 posted a photo:

I came across this big tree while out for a drive

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Sequoia National Park is a national park in the southern Sierra Nevada east of Visalia, California, in the United States.

The park is famous for its giant sequoia trees, including the General Sherman tree, the largest tree on Earth.



After The Snow

rianklong posted a photo:

After The Snow

Blue skies return to a grove of Sequioa trees after a heavy snow storm.

Photo taken in the Giant Forest area of Sequoia National Park (California, USA).



Winter Sequoia Grove

rianklong posted a photo:

Winter Sequoia Grove

A grove of giant Sequoia trees after a late-winter snow storm.

Photo taken in Sequoia National Park (California, USA).



Sequoia Waterfall

rmstark3 posted a photo:

Sequoia Waterfall

Sequoia National Park - March 2018
On the way to see General Sherman.



Sequoia Tree

barbaramartin1211 posted a photo:

Sequoia Tree



Inside A Tree In Sequoia National Park, California

thedot_ru posted a photo:

Inside A Tree In Sequoia National Park, California

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Red, Green, and White

Kurt Lawson posted a photo:

Red, Green, and White

Photographing the great redwoods has always proved challenging. They are so massive. And their red-brown bark doesn?t always pop out from the surrounding ground and other trees visually. However, if you coat everything with fresh wet snow that sticks to all the leaves and the ground, suddenly the colorful towering trunks jump right out of the landscape everywhere. And wow do they pop. Here a couple of relatively young giants are flanked by a group of lodgepole pines coated with green lichen.



The Largest Tree on Earth

Kurt Lawson posted a photo:

The Largest Tree on Earth

The morning after an overnight storm brought fresh snowfall, the largest living single stem tree by volume on Earth basks in the fresh sunshine. The General Sherman tree in the heart of the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park is not the tallest, widest, or oldest, but at over 52,000 cubic feet it is superlative. At 274.9 feet tall and 36.5 feet in diameter at the base, a nearby information sign says that 6 foot tall human standing where I was looking up at this tree is proportional to a mouse next to a 6 foot tall human. It is forever humbling to stand next to such a tree, which has outlived billions of people in its more than two millennia. For this view I tried to capture the feeling of that proportional mouse by pointing my widest non-fisheye lens up at its base. The 11mm field of view I think encompassed the daunting canopy well as the massive sequoia seems almost to lean over and peer back down at me. Like my trip two weeks prior to Yosemite, it has been a goal of many years to visit Sequoia National Park in the winter, and I finally was treated to a true winter wonderland there.



Tunnel Through Chandelier Tree In Redwood National Park, California

thedot_ru posted a photo:

Tunnel Through Chandelier Tree In Redwood National Park, California

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Sequoia Seedling in 4in. pot_

TigerCoin posted a photo:

Sequoia Seedling in 4in. pot_

I have two Sequoia seedlings in pots growing on my windowsill. My ultimate goal is to grow them as bonsai. It'll be a challenge but I've got years to work on it.



General Sherman Panorama

morbidtibor posted a photo:

General Sherman Panorama

The biggest tree on earth (in terms of mass).



Stefan & a stump

jcravens posted a photo:

Stefan & a stump

A giant sequoia that was planted in Forest Grove in 1870 had to be cut down because it was destroying the house next to it. The entire town mourned the loss of this gorgeous giant - tears were shed. But it was either the tree or the house, ala Groby in Parade's End. The cost of removing the tree is EXORBITANT. But the city has paid the home owners for the largest parts of the tree, to use to create a new children's playground in the park across the street, to be called "Anna and Abby's Yard", honoring the two Forest Grove girls who were killed by a motorist in 2013 while they played in a pile of leaves in our neighborhood.



Stefan & a stump

jcravens posted a photo:

Stefan & a stump

A giant sequoia that was planted in Forest Grove in 1870 had to be cut down because it was destroying the house next to it. The entire town mourned the loss of this gorgeous giant - tears were shed. But it was either the tree or the house, ala Groby in Parade's End. The cost of removing the tree is EXORBITANT. But the city has paid the home owners for the largest parts of the tree, to use to create a new children's playground in the park across the street, to be called "Anna and Abby's Yard", honoring the two Forest Grove girls who were killed by a motorist in 2013 while they played in a pile of leaves in our neighborhood.



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jcravens posted a photo:

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A giant sequoia that was planted in Forest Grove in 1870 had to be cut down because it was destroying the house next to it. The entire town mourned the loss of this gorgeous giant - tears were shed. But it was either the tree or the house, ala Groby in Parade's End. The cost of removing the tree is EXORBITANT. But the city has paid the home owners for the largest parts of the tree, to use to create a new children's playground in the park across the street, to be called "Anna and Abby's Yard", honoring the two Forest Grove girls who were killed by a motorist in 2013 while they played in a pile of leaves in our neighborhood.