... almost finally ... tallest tree in the world

Wednesday 7 Aug 2019

How tall is the tallest tree? - The tallest known living tree is a coast redwood called Hyperion, which was 380 feet and 1 inch (115.85 meters) when it was last measured in 2017. Discovered in California's Redwood National Park in 2006, Hyperion is around 1,200 years old and is currently growing 1.5 inches per year. At this rate, Hyperion should remain the tallest tree until 2031. At that point, Paradox, an up and comer in Humboldt Redwoods State Park who is growing at the rate of 7.5 inches a year, will likely take the crown.

Even when standing beneath these towering green gods and goddesses, it would be hard to appreciate just how tall they are. One wouldn't even be able to see their treetops. So to give you an idea, I like this illustration that shows not just Hyperion's staggering stature, but some of the planet's other noteworthy trees as well.

Source: Tree Hugger (obviously!)

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