Curiosities of the Giant Sequoia

Sequoiadendron giganteum

It is the tallest tree on Earth. The Giant sequoia It is admired and respected by millions of people around the world, and its pyramidal size and huge trunk are impressive. In addition, it is a species that is very difficult to get ahead after the seed has germinated, since they have such a slow growth rate that irrigation must be well controlled and it must be treated regularly with fungicide to prevent the mushrooms kill her.

The seedling that manages to exceed one year of age, will be the one that can become a gigantic tree.

Curiosities of the Giant Sequoia


A matter of size ... and roots

To achieve a height high enough to capture as much light as possible, it is necessary to have a root system that is highly resistant to inclement weather. The one with the giant sequoia, it is. And it is that its roots measure from 15 to 35 meters long. Incredible true?

Its root system is so adaptable, that it has allowed it to reach a height of up to 115 meters, with a trunk thickness of 5 to 7m.

General Sherman, the living being with the highest biomass

This tree is found in the Giant Forest, within the Sequoia National Park, in California. General Sherman, as he is called, is the tree with the highest biomass on Earth. It is not that it is very tall (it measures 83,8m), but it has 1487 cubicm of volume, a trunk perimeter of 31m, branches up to 40m long and an estimated weight of about 2000 tons. Its age is about 2000 years, that is, it is relatively young considering that specimens of 3200 years have been found.

Slowly but surely

The giant sequoia grows very slowly, at a rate of about 2-5cm / year. But if it grows in its natural habitat or in a similar climate, that is, with mild and freezing temperatures in winter, it will have a good chance of survival.


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  1.   Yessenia said

    It is a wonderful tree, impressive in size

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Yes it's correct. The sequoia is impressive. 🙂