
Sequoia National Park  1970
5. General Sherman Tree
The General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park is the largest (by volume)
tree in the world.
Computing the volume of a standing tree is the practical equivalent of
calculating the volume of an irregular cone. For purposes of volume comparison,
only the trunk of a giant sequoia is measured, including the restored volume of
basal fire scars. Using these accepted standards and actual field measurements
taken in 1975, the volume of the Sherman Tree was calculated to be slightly
over 52,500 cubic feet (1,486.6 cubic meters).
Height above Base 274.9 Feet
Circumference at Ground 102.6 Feet
Maximum Diameter at Base 36.5 Feet
Diameter 60' (18.3 m) above base 17.5 Feet
Diameter 180' (54.9 m) above base 14.0 Feet
Diameter of Largest Branch 6.8 Feet
Height of First Large Branch above the Base 130.0 Feet
Average Crown Spread 106.5 Feet
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