Inspired by a similar blog post about 10 Magnificent trees that has been widely propagated around the blogsphere I decided to put together my own list of great trees of renown that I believe is more accurate than the above mentioned post. I had a hard time keeping the list to ten and ended up expanding it to twelve with some runner-up trees by category. At the end of the post I also mention some more truly great trees that did not make the list.
- Sequoiadendron giganteum
- Volume of trunk 52,500 cu. ft. (1,486.6 cu.m.)
- runner-up General Grant tree
"The Great Banyan Tree is one of the greatest attractions and landmark of Indian Botanic Garden. The tree, Ficus Benghalensis-L. (family Moraceae) is more than 250 years old and spreaded over an area of about 1.5 hectares with about 2880 proproots.
A wonder in the plant kingdom, the tree occupies its possition in the "Guinness Book of World Records" 21.02.05"
- Great Banyan at Calcutta
- Ficus Benghalensis-L
- spread - 3.7 acres (1.5 hectares) with 2880 prop roots
- Sai-ngam banyan tree in Thailand
- Methuselah tree
- Pinus longaeva
- age 4,840 years
- (the Jomon Sugi tree has been reported to be older (7,200 years) but more conservative estimates date it at 2,200 years old)
The "Arbol del Tule", a Montezuma cypress (Taxodium mucronatum), is claimed to be the tree with the largest diameter in the world. At 11.62 meters its diameter is greater than that of the largest Sequoia tree. The Tule tree is located in Oaxaca, Mexico and is claimed to locals to be the largest tree in the world (by volume and tonnage) although this claim is not scientifically proven. None the less it is a very impressive tree!
- 11.62 meters in diameter
- circumference of 36.2 m
"Big Baobab Tree (Adansonia digitata): This giant and ancient baobab at the Sunland Nursery, between Duiwelskloof and Ga-Kgapane, is the biggest specimen in the world. It has a circumference of 46,8m and carbon dating has determined its age at an astronomical 6000 years." from http://www.places.co.za/html/tzaneen.html
"When baobabs become a thousand years old, they begin to hollow inside. In the Big Baobab this has resulted in wonderful caverns and caves, where the world famous Baobab Tree Bar and Wine Cellar now amaze visitors. The tree bar can accommodate more than 60 people!"
runner-up - Chapman´s Baobab
In Botswana´s Kalarari Desert near the Makgadikgadi Pans (once a very immense inland lake in
The Pando tree is a "clonal colony" which means that this whole grove is one living organism that sends up multiple "stems". Each of what we would consider one "tree" is just a part of this giant living organism. These individual "stems" sprout grow to maturity and eventually age and die and fall over but the organism that they are a part of lives on. The largest known clonal colony is this forest of quacking aspens in Colorado that is estimated to have 40,000 stems and to be as old as 80,000 years.
- Populus tremuloides
- 107 acres (43 hectares) and approx 47,000 stems
- (Clonal colonies are groupings of "trees" (in reality stems) that are all part of a single living organism)
- Sri Maha Bodhi (Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka)
- Ficus religiosa
- Propagated from the Bodhi tree
- A descendant of the tree under which Buddha is thought to have received his enlightenment.
- The Tree of Life (Bahrain)
- Located out in the desert 1.2 miles (two kilometers) from the Jebel Dukhan
- Source of water unknown
- Cedars of Lebanon
- Cedrus libani
- Mentioned in many ancient texts such as the Bible and the Koran
- Important to many ancient civilizations such as the Babylonians, Egyptians, Hebrews, Arabs etc.
- El Drago Milenari (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spanish Canary Islands)
- Dracaena draco
- over 1000 years old
Garden of Gethsemane Olive trees
Te Matua Ngahere
Giant Java Willow
Meiji Shrine Wishing tree