Saturday, 15 September 2012


World’s tallest tree has secret location 
California's famous Drive Thru Tree

The tree, called Hyperion, is the tallest known tree in the world, and is hiding somewhere in California. At 379 feet, it’s about twice the size of the Statue of Liberty. Kept secret since its discovery, all that is known of its location is that it’s somewhere in Redwood National Park.

A team of scientists led by Humboldt State University ecologist Steve Sillet climbed to the very top of the tree and used a long roll of measuring tape to determine the height. There’s even a video of the tree on YouTube. Naturally, people want to photograph it, climb it, and carve it, so it’s being kept secret. 

Of course it’s only the tallest tree in the world- not the biggest. If total volume is considered, there are many bigger ones in California. Del Norte Titan, one of these trees, has a mass equivalent to 15 blue whales. Every year, that tree grows enough new wood to make a 90 foot tall tree. If cut down, it could make 120 houses.


Peter’s Comment

Northern California has many individually famous trees including The Drive Thru Tree also known as Chandelier Tree which is 315 feet tall and has a tunnel through it that was carved out in the 1930s. The tunnel is just big enough to allow a car to pass through.

The Avenue of Giants, also on US Route 101 has many large trees up to 370 feet tall and some almost 1,000 years old.