General Sherman Superlative Trees

Largest Trees in the World

The largest trees in the world are defined as the trees having the highest wood volume in a single stem. These trees are both tall and large in diameter and, in particular, hold a large diameter high up the trunk. Measurement is very complex, particularly if branch volume is to be included as well as the trunk volume, so measurements have only been made for a small number of trees, and generally only for the trunk. Few attempts have ever been made to include root or leaf volume.

List of Largest Living Trees by Species, Ranked by Trunk Volume

Tree SpeciesTree Trunk volumeTree nameTree Location
Cubic MetersCubic Feet
Giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum)1,48752,500General ShermanSequoia National Park
Coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)1,084.538,300Grogan’s FaultRedwood National Park
Kauri (Agathis australis)51618,200Tāne MahutaWaipoua Forest, New Zealand
Western red cedar (Thuja plicata)44915,900Cheewhat GiantBritish Columbia, Canada
Eucalyptus regnans39113,800Still SorrowTasmania
Tasmanian blue gum (Eucalyptus globulus)36813,000Rullah LongatyleTasmania
Coast Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)34912,300Red Creek FirBritish Columbia, Canada
Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis)33711,900Queets SpruceOlympic National Park
Eucalyptus obliqua33711,900GothmogStyx Tall Trees FP, Tasmania
Eucalyptus delegatensis28610,100Styx River Valley