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Tree Trivia

Tree Triva

Tallest Living Tree
The world’s tallest living tree is the Stratosphere Giant measuring 112.6 m (369 ft. 4.8 in.) as of 2002. This coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) was discovered by Chris Atkins (USA) in August 2000 in Rockefeller Forest of the Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California, USA. The precise location of the giant tree is always kept secret by the Park Rangers in case enthusiastic tree fans accidentally damage its fragile environment. The second tallest tree living, knows as the Federation Giant measures 112 m (368 ft.) and also lives at the Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
Most Massive Living Tree
The world’s most massive living tree "General Sherman," the giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) grows in the Sequoia National Park, California, USA. It stands 83.82 m (275 ft.) tall.
Slowest Growing Tree
The slowest growing tree is a white cedar (Thuja occidentalis) located in Canada. After 155 years, it grew to a height of 10.2 cm (4 in.) and weighed only 17 g (0.6 oz), averaging a growth of 0.11 g (0.003 oz.) each year. The tree is found on a cliffside in the Canadian Great Lakes area.
Greatest Tree Girth Ever
The European chestnut (Castanea sativa), known as The Tree Of A Hundred Horses, on Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy, had a circumference of 57.9 m (190 ft.) when measured in 1780. The tree has now split into three separate parts.
Longest Surviving Tree
The earliest surviving species of tree is the maidenhair (Ginkgo biloba) of Zhejiang, China, which first appeared 160 million years ago during the Jurassic era.
Highest Ring Density
The redwood Paleotwin Tree had 950 annual rings in a radius of 2.54 cm (1 in.). The average density in the radius, counted by Ron Hildebrant, USA, was 350-400 rings per inch. The tree was over 10,000 years old.
Highest Ring Count
The world’s record for the highest ring count ever found on a tree is 4,867 and belonged to a bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) known as Prometheus, which was cut down in 1963 on Mt. Wheeler, Nevada, USA.
Deepest Root
The greatest reported depth to which roots have penetrated has been calculated at 120 m (393.7 ft.) for a wild fig tree in Echo Caves, near Ohrigstad, Transvaal, South Africa. The common fig is a member of the genus Ficus. Ficus is a large genus with some 2,000 tropical and subtropical tree, shrub, and vine species distributed around the whole world.
Largest Forest
The vast coniferous forests of northern Russia, lying between Lat. 55 degrees and the Arctic Circle cover a total area of 1.1 billion ha. (2.7 billion acres).
Longest Tree-Lined Avenue
The world’s longest tree-lined avenue is the Nikko Cryptomeria Avenue, Imaichi City, Tochigi, Japan. It has a total length of 35.41 kn (22 miles).