The Priceless Redwood Sequoia (Sequoiadendron)

Standard When I read of California’s budget crunch and the possible closing of over two hundred state parks my mind immediately went to one of the most wonderful, spectacular creations on our planet.  The giant Sequoia.  I have been blessed to be able to visit these trees a few times in my sixty plus years, and I hope at some point in time that everyone can see them.  They make you feel very small in comparison, due to the fact you are.  My six-foot husband could stand upright in a hollow trunk lying on its side.  You can stand one-quarter of a mile away from one of these trees and you might get the entire tree in the frame.

When I lived in California, I could visualize all the rolling hills covered with these giants, when in actuality they had been covered with redwood trees.  Leave it to man though to strip the hills bare.  On the other side of the coin, California does have very distinctive hills.

It would be a shame for California to close their parks to the public. I guess the tourism brought to the state is not enough to help with the massive budget crisis.

I have placed some information about the trees below.  Take a look at the video (Link at the beginning) and peruse the information.  If you ever get the opportunity to see these trees, please take it.  You won’t be sorry.  That’s my two-cents for today.

As of 2009, the largest Giant Sequoia’s (all located within California) by volume are:[1][13]

Rank Tree Name Grove Height Girth at ground Volume
(ft) (m) (ft) (m) (ft³) (m³)
1 General Sherman Giant Forest 274.9 83.8 102.6 31.3 52,508 1,486.9
2 General Grant General Grant Grove 268.1 81.7 107.5 32.8 46,608 1,319.8
3 President Giant Forest 240.9 73.4 93.0 28.3 45,148 1,278.4
4 Lincoln Giant Forest 255.8 78.0 98.3 30.0 44,471 1,259.3
5 Stagg Alder Creek 243.0 74.1 109.0 33.2 42,557 1,205.1
6 Boole Converse Basin 268.8 81.9 113.0 34.4 42,472 1,202.7
7 Genesis Mountain Home Grove 253.0 77.1 85.3 26.0 41,897 1,186.4
8 Franklin Giant Forest 223.8 68.2 94.8 28.9 41,280 1,168.9
9 King Arthur Garfield Grove 270.3 82.4 104.2 31.8 40,656 1,151.2
10 Monroe Giant Forest 247.8 75.5 91.3 27.8 40,104 1,135.6
11 Robert E. Lee General Grant Grove 254.7 77.6 88.3 26.9 40,102 1,135.6
12 J. Adams Giant Forest 250.6 76.4 83.3 25.4 38,956 1,103.1
13 Ishi Giant Kennedy Grove 248.1 75.6 105.1 32.0 38,156 1,080.5
14 Column Tree Giant Forest 243.8 74.3 93.0 28.3 37,295 1,056.1
15 Summit Road Tree Mountain Home Grove 244.0 74.4 82.2 25.1 36,600 1,036.4
16 Euclid Mountain Home Grove 272.7 83.1 83.4 25.4 36,122 1,022.9
17 Washington[14] Mariposa Grove 236.0 71.9 95.7 29.2 35,901 1,016.6
18 General Pershing Giant Forest 246.0 75.0 91.2 27.8 35,855 1,015.3
19 Diamond Tree Atwell Mill Grove 286.0 87.2 95.3 29.0 35,292 999.4
20 Adam Mountain Home Grove 247.4 75.4 94.2 28.7 35,017 991.6
  • The General Sherman tree is estimated to weigh about 2100 tonnes.[15]
  • The Washington Tree was previously the second largest tree with a volume of 47,850 cubic feet (1,355 m3), but after losing over half its trunk in January 2005 it is no longer of great size.
  • The trees named “Franklin”, “Column”, “Monroe”, “Hamilton” and “Adams” were named by Wendell Flint and others, these five are now included on the official map of giant forest, where they are all situated.
  • The Hazelwood Tree (not listed above) had a volume of 36,228 cubic feet (1,025.9 m3) before losing half its trunk in a lightning storm in 2002, if it were still at full size it would currently be the 16th largest giant sequoia on earth.

Giant Sequoia superlatives

The Muir Snag thought to be over 3500 years old


  • General Sherman – Giant Forest – 52,508 cubic feet (1,486.9 m3)


  • Unnamed Tree – Redwood Mountain Grove – 311 feet (95 m)


  • Examples in Converse basin, Mountain home grove and Giant forest – 3500 years or more.

Largest Girth

  • Waterfall Tree – Alder Creek Grove – 155 feet (47 m) – tree with enormous basal buttress on very steep ground.

Greatest Base Diameter

  • Waterfall Tree – Alder Creek Grove – 57 feet (17 m) – tree with enormous basal buttress on very steep ground.
  • Tunnel Tree – Atwell Mill Grove – 57 feet (17 m) – tree with a huge flared base, that has burned all the way through.

Greatest Mean Diameter at Breast Height

  • General Grant – General Grant Grove – 29.0 feet (8.8 m)

Largest Limb

  • Arm Tree – Atwell Mill, East Fork Grove – 12.8 feet (3.9 m) in diameter

Thickest Bark

  • 3 feet (0.91 m) or more


About shirleymclain930

I am a retired RN, I am currently promoting my book, Dobyns Chronicles. My first book published in November 2010 called "The Tower", has been revised. My newest book is a Young Adult Fantasy called Princess Adele's Dragon. It was a fun book to write. I'm enjoying my retirement to the fullest. I like adventure and travel and making friends. I have 5 dogs and 1 cats. They are like having a house full of three years olds. They are a large part of my life and I can't imagine not having them. I spend most of my time sitting in front of my computer working on my latest book. The final edit is time-consuming. I prefer to write or monitor my social sites. On the personal side, I'm married to a wonderful man who spoils me and I love it. I am very much a country girl. I love living on our 5 acres on Pole Cat Creek watching the deer and other animals occasionally stick their​ heads out of the trees. It's a fun life.

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