As one of the world's most fascinating living things, trees have been relied upon by humans since the dawn of time for a variety of purposes, including shelter, food, and fuel. Aside from that, trees are essential for the survival of the globe since they give oxygen, without which life would cease to exist and we would need to migrate the human race to another planet. We’re looking at you SpaceX (wink wink)! Trees are among the planet's most fascinating and varied life forms. The way they interact and regenerate for thousands of years, how they grow and expand in some of the toughest climates and how they adjust themselves to global changes enthralls humans.
When it comes to trees, height is a fascinating topic. While some trees don't grow very tall at all, others may reach heights of more than 300 feet.
Regardless of their age, volume, or thickness, these following trees are the kings and queens of the tree kingdom. So let's take a closer look at the 5 tallest trees in the world.
#5 Raven’s Tower
As one of the tallest trees in the world, escalating to a monstrous 317 feet of height (96.7 meters), Raven's Tower is presumed to be somewhere in California's Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (15). The actual location of this majestic Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) is protected by environmentalists, as they do with a variety of other outstanding trees in the state park's collection. The Big Tree, the Corkscrew Redwood, and the Cathedral Trees are among the other prominent trees in this forest of giants, but none of them reaching the same height prowess as Raven’s Tower.
#4 The Doerner Fir
Discovered in 1989, the Doerner fir stands 327 feet (99 meters) tall and is found in the Brummitt Creek Coos County in Oregon (9). It is a member of the coastal Douglas species that is native to North America (10).
Although this tree is not a redwood, it is the biggest non-redwood in the United States and is believed to be between 400 and 500 years old (11). It is located on land that is under the protection of the Oregon Bureau of Land Management. Considering that the region has not yet been thoroughly investigated, it is possible that there are trees as tall as or taller than the ones now seen.
#3 The Centurion: The World’s Tallest Eucalyptus
Native to Australia, the Centurion (Eucalyptus regnans) is the world's tallest non-redwood tree. It has a height of 329.7 feet (100.5 meters) (5), and according to experts, it is still growing, although slowly (6). After being compared to the Doerner Fir, it has since grown taller than the latter.
The Centurion is not only one of the largest trees in the world, but it is also the tallest single mountain ash. Also, at least part of the surrounding forest was burned to the ground in a blaze in 2019, although Centurion itself escaped with minor damage (7).
Even though Centurion keeps growing, the best is yet to come. Who knows, it may even rise in the rankings in the future. Due to the airborne laser mapping technology registering it as the 100th tall tree, it was given the name "Centurion."(8)
#2 The Menara: The Tallest Tree In Asia
Fourth on our list is a species of tree known as the Yellow Meranti (Shorea faguetiana), which has a height of 331 feet (12). The Menara, which means "tower" in Malay, can be found in Sabah, on the island of Borneo (13).
When it comes to height, the tree has an almost perfect symmetry that permits its trunk to develop straight up. But, unfortunately, because of overharvesting, the yellow meranti is in serious danger. Nevertheless, this magnificent monolith may continue to survive because of the Danum Valley Conservation Area (14). Orangutans, clouded leopards, and elephants are among the species safeguarded by this tree.
#1 The Hyperion Tree
The Hyperion tree, which is a coastal redwood, was found in 2006 by a group of biologists (2). It's estimated to be anywhere from 600 to 800 years old by Guinness World Records (3). No one knows exactly where the Hyperion tree may be found because its location has been kept secret by the National Park Service. It is estimated to be as old as 700–800 years (4).
In the past, the significance of trees to the global economy was often cited as the reason for the extinction of the world's biggest trees. According to a lot of individuals, some of the world's greatest trees were seen more as a product to be traded than as a natural marvel to behold. Thankfully, modern civilization has put in place regulations and laws to save some of the world's biggest trees. Let’s hope the only way this list changes is from trees outgrowing one another and not from human interruption.