Baobab Tree Tanzania Superlative Trees

Trees with the Thickest Limbs in the World

This list is limited to horizontal or nearly horizontal limbs, in which the governing growth factor is phototropism. Vertical or near vertical limbs, in which the governing growth factor is negative geotropism, are called “reiterations” and are really divisions of the trunk, which by definition must be less than the trunk as a whole and therefore less remarkable. The thickest trunks have already been dealt with under “stoutest”.

List of Thickest Tree Limbs by Species

Species Diameter Tree name Location
Meters Feet
Giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) 3.8 12.6 The Big Limb Tree Atwell Mills Grove, Sequoia National Park, California.
Za (Adansonia za): 2.7 9 The Ampanihy Baobab north of Morombe, Madagascar.
African baobab (Adansonia digitata) 2.4 8 The Big Tree Messina Nature Reserve, Limpopo Province, South Africa.
Coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) 2.1 7 Kronos Atlas Grove, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.
Kauri (Agathis australis ) 2.1 7 Nga Mahangahua Tutamoe State Forest, North Island, New Zealand
The White oak, (Quercus alba) 1.8 6 The Wye Oak Wye Mills, Maryland
Kapok or Silk Cotton Tree (Ceiba pentandra) 1.8 6
Canary Island Dragon Tree (Dracaena draco) 1.75 5.75 The Orotava Tree Orotava, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Moreton Bay Fig (Ficus macrophylla) 1.7 5.5 Sydney Botanical Gardens, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Silver Fir ( Abies alba ) 1.7 5.5 Sabin Candelabre Jura Alps of France, near the Swiss border.
Rain Tree (Samanea saman) Caesalpinaceae 1.52 5.0 The Caribbean region. This one near Nagarote, Nicaragua.
California Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia) Fagaceae. 1.5 4.92 California. This one four miles west of Gilroy, California.