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Fun Facts About Trees

This section is aimed at schools and is currently being developed. In the meantime principal consultant, Nick Hellis has prepared a series of questions and answers about trees that you may find interesting. Check back regularly for updates.

Click the questions below to reveal the answer.

  • A White Cedar located in the Great Lakes area of Canada, is 155 years old and less than 4 inches tall.

  • The "Lindsey Creek Tree", a coast redwood with a minimum trunk volume of 90,000 cubic feet and a minimum total mass of 3630 tons was the largest known tree until it blew over in a storm in 1905.

    The largest living tree is the "General Sherman", a giant sequoia found in the Sequoia National Park in California. It is 275 feet tall with a girth of 102 feet and 8 inches.

  • A Wild Fig tree at Echo Caves, near Ohrigstad, Mpumalanga, South Africa has roots reaching 400 feet deep.

  • Methuselah is a Great Basin Bristlecone Pine (Pinus longaeva) in the White Mountains of California. It was 4,789 years old when sampled in 1957 by Schulman and Harlan. It is the oldest known non-clonal organism still alive, at some 4,840 years old. It is the oldest known individual tree in the world.

    The tree is named after the biblical figure Methuselah who is reputed to have lived for 969 years.

    Britain's oldest tree is probably the Fortingall Yew in Tayside, which is believed to be over 3000 years old.

  • In 1974, it was noted that an Albizzia falcata in Sabah, Malaysia had grown 35 feet and 3 inches in 13 months or approximately 1.1 inches per day.

  • The Manchineel Tree of the Caribbean coast and the Florida Everglades secretes an exceptionally poisonous and acid sap. The sap causes blisters on contact with the skin and can cause blindness on contact with the eye.

  • In the late 18th century a sweet chestnut on Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy, known as the Tree of the Hundred Horses had a circumference of 190 feet. It has since separated into three parts.

  • In 1872, an Australian Eucalyptus at Watts River, Victoria in Australia was said to measure to 435 feet, but it is speculated that it probably measured to over 500 feet at some point in its life.

    The tallest living tree is a Coast Redwood known as the "Mendocino Tree" found in Montgomery State Reserve in California. This tree, which is over 1000 years old, is more than 367 feet and 6 inches tall and still growing.