Trees are definitely plants that most people enjoy. They not only provide us with shade but they can make all grounds and yards look amazing. There are thousands of species of trees, and while some trees are found only in certain areas of the world, others can be found in a lot more places. When we talk about the biggest trees, we’re usually referring to the total girth of the tree, which is usually measured the same way with each tree. Large trees are old trees, and it’s fascinating to speculate on everything a particular tree has been through since it was just a seedling.
- 25. Hollow Trunk, Australia, Red Tingle (Eucalyptus Jacksonii), 98 Feet
- 24. Tsitakakantsa, Madagascar, Grandidier’s Baobab (Adansonia Grandidieri), 49 Feet
- 23. Sagole Baobab, South Africa, African Baobab (Adansonia Digitata), 72 Feet
- 22. Tnjri, Georgia, Oriental Plane (Platanus Orientalis), 98 Feet
- 21. 蒲生のクス Kamoh no Ohkusu, Japan, Camphor Tree (Cinnamomum Camphora), 98 Feet
- 20. Árbol del Tule’, Mexico, Montezuma Cypress (Taxodium Mucronatum), 116 Feet
- 19. White the Temple Fig, Australia, White Fig (Ficus Virens), 131 Feet
- 18. Super Colossus, USA, Coast Redwood (Sequoia Sempervirens), 143 Feet
- 17. Tāne Mahuta, New Zealand, Kauri (Agathis Australis), 148 Feet
- 16. Fig – Moreton Bay in Bellingen, Mainland Australia, Moreton Bay Fig (Ficus Macrophylla), 164 Feet
- 15. Samaúma, A Muralha da Amazônia, Pará, Brazil, 196 Feet
- 14. ‘Big Tree’, Thailand, Thitpok (Tetrameles Nudiflora), 210 Feet
- 13. Millennium Tree, Philippines, Weeping Fig (Ficus Benjamina), 213 Feet
- 12. Two Towers, Australia, Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus Regnans), 253 Feet
- 11. Angelim Vermelho Near the Boundary of Amapá and Pará States, Brazil, Angelim Vermelho (Dinizia Excelsa), 290 Feet
- 10. Klinki Pine of Montane Rainforest, Papua New Guinea, Klinki Pine (Araucaria Hunsteinii), 292 Feet
- 9. White Knight, Australia, Manna Gum (Eucalyptus Viminalis), 298 Feet
- 8. Neeminah Loggerale Meena, Australia, Southern Blue Gum (Eucalyptus Globulus), 302 Feet
- 7. Bhutan Cypress Wangdue Phodrang District, Bhutan, Cypress (Cupressus Cashmeriana), 310 Feet
- 6. Giant Sequoia of Sequoia National Forest, USA, Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron Giganteum), 314 Feet
- 5. Raven’s Tower, USA, Sitka Spruce (Picea Sitchensis), 317 Feet
- 4. Doerner Fir, USA, Coast Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga Menziesii Var. Menziesii), 327 Feet
- 3. Centurion, Australia, Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus Regnans), 330 Feet
- 2. Menara, Malaysia, Yellow Meranti (Shorea Faguetiana), 331 Feet
- 1. The General Sherman, USA, Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron Giganteum), 380 Feet
When people plant trees, they can count on those trees being around long after the people who planted them are gone. This can provide you with a sense of legacy, which is something we all want out of our lives. If you’re interested in making a road trip to look at some of the biggest trees in the world, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together the 25 of the biggest trees so that you can plan your trip. These include all types of trees for you to enjoy, and we’ve included information on each of them so you can decide which ones to visit first.
Please note that the images provided in this article are not always the image of the actual biggest tree but another tree of the same variety. This is because we couldn’t use the image of the actual tree due to licensing restrictions.
25. Hollow Trunk, Australia, Red Tingle (Eucalyptus Jacksonii), 98 Feet
This humongous tree with a giant hollow trunk is roughly 73 feet in circumference and has a diameter of roughly 19.5 feet. These types of trees are found almost exclusively in Walpole-Nornalup National Park in Australia. It does well in areas where there is a lot of rainfall. It is said there was an even bigger red tingle in the area at one time, but it fell down in 1990 and no longer exists.
24. Tsitakakantsa, Madagascar, Grandidier’s Baobab (Adansonia Grandidieri), 49 Feet
Madagascar has six types of large baobab trees, and this one is by far the largest. It is called the grandfather baobab and is thought to be more than 800 years old. It is very stout throughout most of the tree and has branches that spread out at the top of the tree.
23. Sagole Baobab, South Africa, African Baobab (Adansonia Digitata), 72 Feet
There were two other baobab trees in South Africa that were similar in size, but since 2009, both of them have collapsed. This particular African baobab has a crown diameter of around 125 feet, and it would take 18 to 20 people to encircle it all the way around. The diameter of the tree itself is roughly 34 feet, and the circumference is roughly 107 feet.
22. Tnjri, Georgia, Oriental Plane (Platanus Orientalis), 98 Feet
This tree is roughly 2,040 years old and is equivalent in size to an 18-story building. If you were to place people all the way around the tree, it would take more than 40 people to accomplish the task. Every year, millions of people flock to the Republic of Artsakh to visit the tree and, in fact, throughout history, it has been visited by hundreds of famous people and celebrities.
21. 蒲生のクス Kamoh no Ohkusu, Japan, Camphor Tree (Cinnamomum Camphora), 98 Feet
This humongous camphor tree is located in the city of Aira and is the thickest tree in Japan. It is also one of the oldest trees in the country and is estimated to be roughly 500 years old.
20. Árbol del Tule’, Mexico, Montezuma Cypress (Taxodium Mucronatum), 116 Feet
While only 116 feet in height, this cypress tree has a diameter of a whopping 30.8 feet. It has the advantage of being the tree with the stoutest trunk in the world, and it is thought to be around 1,400 years old. Myth has it that the natives believe the tree was rooted from the walking stick of a god, and its name translates into the phrase “old man of the waters.”
19. White the Temple Fig, Australia, White Fig (Ficus Virens), 131 Feet
Located in New South Wales, Australia, this fig tree is majestic-looking and is said to be roughly 300 years old. The width of the crown is around 145 feet, and the girth is roughly 80 feet. The white fig tree is located on the National Register of Big Trees in Australia.
18. Super Colossus, USA, Coast Redwood (Sequoia Sempervirens), 143 Feet
The Super Colossus is the second widest coast redwood because of its size and the way it is made. It has a width of 28.7 feet and is located north of San Francisco, California. It is an unusual redwood tree because the burl envelopes two smaller redwood trunks. People look at it and automatically know that something is very unique about it – even if they don’t always know what it is!
17. Tāne Mahuta, New Zealand, Kauri (Agathis Australis), 148 Feet
The Tāne Mahuta tree is the fifth largest tree in the world by volume and sits in New Zealand’s Waipoua Forest. Its name stands for “lord of the woods,” and even though no one is positive exactly how old it is, experts believe it is between 1,200 and 2,500 years old. It is also the largest Kauri known to stand alive.
16. Fig – Moreton Bay in Bellingen, Mainland Australia, Moreton Bay Fig (Ficus Macrophylla), 164 Feet
The crown of this tree is around 157 feet, and it has a circumference of around 49 feet. When you look at the tree, it has an elegant look because the branches at the top are spread out very wide, giving it a giant overall look and allowing lots of people to stand underneath it and enjoy the shade it provides.
15. Samaúma, A Muralha da Amazônia, Pará, Brazil, 196 Feet
The Samaúma, also called the grandmother tree by the locals, is thought to be about 900 years old. Every year, millions of people visit Brazil to take a look at it. It sits in the Tapajos National Forest, which covers roughly 1.3 million acres. This tree has a very majestic look and if you lined people up all the way around it, it would take roughly 20 people to cover the tree.
14. ‘Big Tree’, Thailand, Thitpok (Tetrameles Nudiflora), 210 Feet
While this tree is not easy to access, it is worth visiting if you get the chance. Not surprisingly, the translation of its nickname is “big tree,” and it is located in the municipality of Ko Yao in the northern part of the country, near Ao Kian Beach in Phangnga. It spreads out quite a bit at the bottom of the tree, giving it a somewhat elegant look.
13. Millennium Tree, Philippines, Weeping Fig (Ficus Benjamina), 213 Feet
The Millenium tree is thought to be roughly 600 years old and has figs that cause the branches to droop until some of them touch the ground. It is definitely a sight to behold and receives millions of visitors every year. It has a “passageway” at the bottom that you can enter and go through, but they also let you climb the branches if you’re so inclined.
12. Two Towers, Australia, Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus Regnans), 253 Feet
Nicknamed the Two Towers, this tree is thought to be around 300 years old. It grows in the Styx Valley in Tasmania, Australia, and it seems to grow best when it’s in the mountainous regions of the area.
11. Angelim Vermelho Near the Boundary of Amapá and Pará States, Brazil, Angelim Vermelho (Dinizia Excelsa), 290 Feet
This almost 300-foot tree is so massive that some people are actually a little shocked by it. If you’re looking for a large tree that is also good for the environment, this one is it. In fact, this one tree can create as much oxygen as 500 smaller trees do in a forest of regular size, which is quite a feat.
Klinki pines don’t normally get up to nearly 300 feet in height, so this one is indeed unique. The one found in the Montane Rainforest is the tallest tree in all of New Guinea. These types of trees are related to the monkey puzzle tree (A. araucana) and even have seeds that you can eat.
9. White Knight, Australia, Manna Gum (Eucalyptus Viminalis), 298 Feet
The White Knight tree, also called Sir Vim, is the tallest manna gum tree in the world at nearly 300 feet. It has a diameter of around 10 feet and a circumference of 36 feet, and it is located northeast of Mathinna at the Evercreech Forest Reserve.
8. Neeminah Loggerale Meena, Australia, Southern Blue Gum (Eucalyptus Globulus), 302 Feet
The Neeminah Loggerale Meena is the tallest blue gum tree in the world. It is located in Lonnavale in Tasmania, where these types of trees grow on the edge of old growth forest bordering a clearcut. They are tall, straight trees with a very sophisticated look.
7. Bhutan Cypress Wangdue Phodrang District, Bhutan, Cypress (Cupressus Cashmeriana), 310 Feet
These evergreen conifers are unique because they are native to eastern Himalaya in Bhutan and the northeastern section of India called Arunachal Pradesh. In fact, with the exception of the central-southern part of Asia, these types of cypress trees are usually not seen. They have blue-green foliage and are considered the national tree of Bhutan.
6. Giant Sequoia of Sequoia National Forest, USA, Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron Giganteum), 314 Feet
Sequoia National Forest has quite a few giant sequoia trees, and the tallest is currently 314 feet high. Sequoias do best in elevations of 4,000 to 8,000 feet, which is why they are not grown everywhere. Sequoia trees are not the same thing as redwoods, which some people believe, and the forests that contain the trees are managed by the National Park Service.
5. Raven’s Tower, USA, Sitka Spruce (Picea Sitchensis), 317 Feet
This very regal-looking tree is located in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in California. It is a conifer tree and the third tallest conifer species. It is also the largest species of spruce trees. While they can get very large, most sitka spruce trees are not very old because they tend not to last that long.
4. Doerner Fir, USA, Coast Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga Menziesii Var. Menziesii), 327 Feet
This fir, also called a brummitt fir, is located in Oregon and is roughly the same height as the Centurion, a tree located in Tasmania, Australia. It is located in the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Forest in Coos County and was once called simply a brummitt fir. Recently, the tree was renamed the Doerner fir after an employee of the BLM in that area of the country.
3. Centurion, Australia, Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus Regnans), 330 Feet
The Centurion is the largest eucalyptus tree in the world and is located in Tasmania. This tree has won numerous awards because it is the tallest hardwood tree and the tallest flowering tree in the world. It suffered a brushfire in 2019, and while parts of the flowers were destroyed, the tree managed to withstand the fire and is still standing strong. So far, this has been a very reliable and hardy tree.
2. Menara, Malaysia, Yellow Meranti (Shorea Faguetiana), 331 Feet
The Menara was so named because it translates into the word “tower” in Malaysia. The tree is currently being preserved by an organization that works to protect animals that are endangered. In fact, not only is this tree huge but it is currently protecting several endangered species, including forest elephants, orangutans, and clouded leopards. It may look like an ordinary large tree, but it’s more than that.
1. The General Sherman, USA, Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron Giganteum), 380 Feet
This tree is not only the biggest sequoia in the world, but the biggest “living thing” in the world, according to the sign placed in front of it! Its girth measures 79 feet at breast height and 102.6 feet when you measure it from the ground. While many sequoia trees can live up to 4,000 years, this particular tree is thought to be roughly 2,000 years old. Part of it is made up of dead wood and it is therefore difficult to measure it exactly.