Giant Sequoias [wiki] (Sequoiadendron giganteum), which only grow in Sierra Nevada, California, are the world’s biggest trees (in terms of volume). The biggest is General Sherman [wiki] in the Sequoia National Park – one behemoth of a tree at 275 feet (83.8 m), over 52,500 cubic feet of volume (1,486 m³), and over 6000 tons in weight.
It became obvious to me that nature has her own language. She speaks through the animals, the trees, and the cool summer breeze. She whispers, "Embrace me. " And I do. --Red Deer Runs in Darkness / The General Sherman, Sequoia National Park, California Redwood photo by
The tree with what is likely the largest diameter is El Arbol del Tule, an Ahuehuete or Montezuma Cypress growing in Oaxaca, Mexico in the town of Santa Maria del Tule. The trunk of the tree is 33 feet in diameter and has a circumference of 178 feet. Originally thought to be multiple trees that had grown and fused together, DNA tests have shown that it is actually all one tree. Photo by Rohan Barnett