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1. The tallest known tree is currently a Coast
Redwood (Sequoias empervirens) individual living
in northern California. It is known as the
Stratosphere Giant, and it is about
370 feet tall! This species lives only in a small
strip of coastal land in southern Oregon and
northern California,and it's estimated that only
4% of the original number of trees remain
2. If you also consider volume and
circumference, the General Sherman tree is
the biggest single tree. This is a Giant Sequoia
(Sequoiadendron giganteum) tree that lives in
Sequoia National Park. General Sherman is
only about 275 feet tall (only!), but it is 103
feet in circumference at the ground! It's first
branch is 130 feet off the ground, and this
branch is bigger than most whole trees.
Fortunately, Giant Sequoias are not endangered,
but they live only in isolated groves inside a 260
mile band on the western slope of the Sierra
Nevada Mountains in California.
3. The real winner, though, is
the Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides).
This normal-looking tree sends up new shoots (new
baby trees) from its roots, but these new trees
are still part of the parent tree. They're the
same individual, just a new body part. In
Colorado, there's a single Quaking Aspen
individual that covers over 200 acres! This
plant weighs over 6,600 tons! It looks like a
small forest of separate trees, but scientists
have confirmed with DNA analysis that they're all
the same plant. Now that's big!
So you can see that, like most
scientific questions, there are a number of
correct answers to your question.
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