Hyperion Superlative Trees

Tallest Trees in the World

The heights of the tallest trees in the world have been the subject of considerable dispute and much exaggeration. Modern verified measurements with laser rangefinders or with tape drop measurements made by tree climbers (such as those carried out by canopy researchers), have shown that some older tree height measurement methods are often unreliable, sometimes producing exaggerations of 5% to 15% or more above the real height.

Historical claims of trees growing to 130 m (430 ft), and even 150 m (490 ft), are now largely disregarded as unreliable, and attributed to human error.

The following are the tallest reliably measured specimens from the top species. This table shows only currently standing specimens:

List of tallest trees by Species

Rank Tree Species Tree Height Tree name Tree Location
Meters Feet
1 Coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) 115.92 380.3 Hyperion Redwood National Park, California, United States
2 Yellow meranti (Shorea faguetiana) 100.8 331 Menara Danum Valley Conservation Area, in Sabah on the island of Borneo
3 Mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans) 100.5 329.7 Centurion Arve Valley, Tasmania, Australia
4 Coast Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii) 99.7 327 Doerner Fir Brummit Creek, Coos County, Oregon, United States
5 Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) 96.7 317 Raven’s Tower Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California, United States
6 Giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) 95.7 314 Sequoia National Forest, California, United States
7 Manna gum (Eucalyptus viminalis) 91 299 White Knight Evercreech Forest Reserve, Tasmania, Australia
8 Southern blue gum (Eucalyptus globulus) 90.7 298 Neeminah Loggerale Meena, or Mother and Daughter. Tasmania, Australia
9 Noble Fir (Abies procera) 89.9 295 Goat Marsh Research Natural Area, Washington, United States
10 Alpine ash (Eucalyptus delegatensis) 87.9 288 Tasmania, Australia
11 Brown top stringbark (Eucalyptus obliqua) 86 282 King Stringy Tasmania, Australia.
12 Mengaris (Koompassia excelsa) 85.76 281.4 Pontiankak Putih Cantik Tawau Hills National Park, in Sabah on the island of Borneo
13 Shorea argentifolia 84.85 278.4 Gaharu ridge of Tawau Hills National Park, in Sabah on the island of Borneo.
14 Shorea superba 84.41 276.9 Gergassi Ridge of Tawau Hills National Park, in Sabah on the island of Borneo.
15 Shining gum (Eucalyptus nitens) 84.3 277 O’Shannassy Catchment, Victoria, Australia.
16 Sugar pine (Pinus lambertiana) 83.45 273.8 near Yosemite National Park, California, United States.
17 Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) 83.34 273.4 Tsunami Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California, United States.
18 Hopea nutans 82.82 271.7 Gaharu ridge of Tawau Hills National Park, in Sabah on the island of Borneo.
19 Shorea johorensis 82.39 270.3 Coco-Park boundary of Tawau Hills National Park, in Sabah on the island of Borneo.
20 Shorea smithiana 82.27 269.9 Coco-Park boundary of Tawau Hills National Park, in Sabah on the island of Borneo.
21 Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) 81.77 268.3 Phalanx in Myers Creek drainage of Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest, Oregon, United States.
22 Entandrophragma excelsum 81.5 267 at Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
23 Sydney blue gum (Eucalyptus saligna) 81.5 267 Woodbush State Forest, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo, South Africa. The world’s tallest planted tree.
24 Grand fir (Abies grandis) 81.4 267 in the Glacier Peak Wilderness, Washington, United States.
25 Shorea gibbosa 81.11 266.1 River Flats of Tawau Hills National Park, in Sabah on the island of Borneo.
26 Lawson cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana) 81.08 266.0 In Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California, United States.