11.04.16 The Giant Sequoias

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Jeroen recently visited the Sequoia National Park in California, USA. This park is home to the largest trees on earth; the giant sequoia or giant redwood (Sequioiadendron giganteum).

Giant sequoias are the world's largest trees. They only naturally occur in groves on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains at around 8000 ft. elevation. Giant sequoias grow to an average height of 85m (280 ft.) and 8m (26 ft.) in diameter. The oldest known giant sequoia based on ring count is 3,500 years old. For further details please click here.

The most famous of all the sequoia trees is the General Sherman tree, estimated to be 2200 years old. Its largest branch is almost 4 ft. in diameter.