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The largest known living single stem tree in the world is the General Sherman Tree in located in Sequoia National Park. The tree is thought to be between 2,300 to 2,700 years old. It stands at 274.9 feet and base circumference of 102.5 feet. Its branches measure up to 7 feet wide in diameter.

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The largest known living single stem tree in the world is the General Sherman Tree in located in Sequoia National Park. The tree is thought to be between 2,300 to 2,700 years old. It stands at 274.9 feet and base circumference of 102.5 feet. Its branches measure up to 7 feet wide in diameter.

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  1. [https://morethanjustparks.com/general-sherman-tree/](https://morethanjustparks.com/general-sherman-tree/)

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    Located in the Sequoia National Park, the General Sherman Tree is the largest known living single stem tree on earth. The tree is thought to be between 2,300 to 2,700 years old.
    It stands at a height of 274.9 feet, with a circumference at the base of 102.6 ft. The branches found on this tree measure up to 7 feet wide in diameter. However you look at it, it’s one incredible tree.
    How did the tree get its name? That’s a wonderful story. In 1879, a cowboy and fur trapper by the name of James Wolverton is reported to have discovered the tree. It was the biggest tree Wolverton had ever seen.
    Wolverton had served under General William Tecumseh Sherman as a lieutenant in the 9th Indiana Calvary. He therefore decided to name the tree after his commanding officer.

    William Tweed set out to prove whether, in fact, this story is true. He writes, “Not until 1897, in fact, did soldiers first write down the name “General Sherman Tree” in a report. That summer, they placed a sign on the tree with that name.”

    This is where the story gets rather interesting. In 1884, a socialist Utopian group known as the Kaweah Colony explored the area. They were looking for trees for logging.
    The group discovered this giant tree and gave it the name “Karl Marx,” after the man who invented communism.
    After the creation of the Sequoia National Park in 1890, soldiers were dispatched to the area. They came across these Kaweah Colonists and expelled them. Did the soliders rename the tree?
    The only evidence available was a park guide which was first published in 1921. The guide tells the story of James Wolverton and the General Sherman Tree. This is the first published account substantiating the Wolverton Story.
    It appeared 42 years after the event was supposed to have taken place. So it’s difficult to say whether, in fact, the story is actually true.
    The General Sherman Tree is classified as a “Sequoia.” It’s not only the largest tree in the world, but it’s also the largest living organism, based on volume, on the entire planet.
    General Sherman is not alone. There’s another famous sequoia tree nearby in Kings Canyon National Park.
    It’s the second-largest tree in the world, standing at 267 feet tall and nearly 29 feet wide at the base. It’s named the General Grant Tree.
    Winston Churchill is reported to have once said, “The winners write the history.” It looks like they get the big trees named after them too.

    As long as we’re listing the world’s tallest trees, here’s another. The third-largest tree in the world, based on volume, is a giant sequoia known as the “President.” This tree also happens to be the oldest known living sequoia. It has been growing for 3,200 years.
    How is it that sequoia trees can grow for so long? They are able to protect themselves against naturals threats. The tannic acid found in their sap helps the trees fight off fungal rot, protects them from parasites and acts as a fire repellent against low-intensity burns.
    The only way these amazing trees reproduce is through seeds. These seeds remain in their pine cones for almost twenty years without seeing any sunlight.
    Believe it or not, the heat which results from naturally occurring forest fires helps to release these seeds them from the pine cones into the soil.

    Another interesting fact is that these trees are the third longest-lived tree species and typically have a lifespan of 3,000 years. The largest of these trees are equivalent in height to a 26-story building.
    Here’s another fascinating fact. Sequoia National Park was the first park actually created to protect a living organism.

    These massive Sequoia trees actually grow between 5,000 and 8,000 feet in elevation.
    How is this possible you might ask? At Sequoia, the winters are relatively mild which makes it a perfect natural habitat for these incredible specimens to grow and thrive.

    It’s not just tall trees that Sequoia National Park has to offer. Sequoia also has the tallest mountain in the lower contiguous 48 states.
    Mount Whitney is the highest mountain in the contiguous United States. It has an elevation of 14,505 feet. The mountain’s west slope is located in Sequoia National Park. The southern terminus of the John Muir Trail is where the summit is located.