Six Magical Aspects of the Giant Sequoia

Sequoias are amazing, any way you look at them. From their sheer scale, to their age, to their incredible red beauty, these stoic beauties are impossible to portray accurately in images. You just have to be around them. Treehugger has some fun and impressive stats about these giants. And while small, cultivated sequoias exist outside of California, you really must visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in person, to understand their majesty. Photos from various sources, including National Geographic 

  1. They can live up to 3,000 years.
  2. They can have branches up to 8 feet in diameter.
  3. Their bark can grow up to 3 feet thick.
  4. The largest of the sequoias are as tall as an average 26-story building.
  5. General Sherman is not only the largest living tree, but the largest living organism, by volume, on the planet. At 2,100 years old, it weighs 2.7 million pounds, is 275 feet tall and has a 102-foot circumference at the ground. It has branches that are almost 7 feet in diameter.
  6. They are incredibly hardy; they resist fungal rot, wood-boring beetles and their thick bark is flame resistant; they owe all of this unusual strength to the presence of tannic acids.


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Tourist admiring the Giant Sequoia trees (Sequoiadendron giganteum), hiking on the Big Trees trail, Round Meadow, Sequoia National Park, Sierra Nevada, California, United States of America, North America