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A big hug for General Sherman
Me hugging the largest tree on Earth. Normally you can't, because there is a fence around it, but in the wintertime snow covers the fence and you can walk or snowshoe up to the tree.

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Rick BLarge indeed

Rick B

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That is a LARGE tree yes, how high is it? In what aspect is it the largest on Earth? Is it just the largest 'species', or is it the highest / heaviest / ... specific tree?

Cool photo, cheers,

Rick
Posted Feb 23, 2007 2:59 pm

Rick BRe: Large indeed

Rick B

Voted 10/10

Ah never mind, I already found the wikipedia entry. Might still be interesting for others though:

General Sherman
Posted Feb 23, 2007 3:07 pm

tarolRe: Large indeed

tarol

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It's the largest in terms of total volume of wood in the trunk (52,500 cubic feet). It is about 267 feet high and 36 feet wide at the base.

Coastal redwood, Douglas Fir, and Eucalyptus may grow a little taller, but they don't come close to the bulk or mass of the largest giant sequoias.

A good book to read about big trees is To Find the Biggest Tree by Wendell D. Flint. Also check out Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast by Robert Van Pelt
Posted Feb 23, 2007 7:54 pm

lcarreauThe Giant Forest...

lcarreau

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The Giant Forest, in Sequoia NP, is nothing short of incredible. Highly recommended. I worked there for two summers in the mid-1990's. Saw a lot of black bears along the General's Highway.I viewed a bear actually climbing a giant Sequoia - no pics, unfortunately! The CONES from these trees are humongous! A TRUE TREE HUGGER!!! Take care!
Posted Sep 18, 2007 3:50 pm

tarolRe: The Giant Forest...

tarol

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Actually the cones from a giant sequoia are small, about the size of a chicken egg. You must be thinking about sugar pines, they have very large cones that can be up to 20" long.
Posted Sep 19, 2007 9:26 am

lcarreauI stand corrected...

lcarreau

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You're right, had to bone up on my Sequoia facts: Mature Sequoias may produce 2,000 CHICKEN'S EGG-sized cones each year. Seeds are dispersed by Douglas squirrels...
YES! I'm still wiping the EGG off my face, has been TOO LONG since I visited the Sierra. Thanks for the information!
Posted Sep 19, 2007 2:37 pm

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tarolSubmitted by tarol
on Jul 11, 2006 4:22 pm

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