Top 20 Tallest Trees in the World

What are the tallest trees on earth? Here’s what we know about these top 20 Tallest Trees in the World. its unbelievable height. So unbelievable that there are some that are extraordinary tall beyond human imagination.
If you are not a fan of natural beauty, a tourist or a constant traveller, whenever asked which tree is the tallest you wouldn’t hesitate saying it is the very popular paradox, Iroko tree. Really? Let me shock you a bit, do you know that Iroko tree is not even among the top 20 tallest trees in the world? Yea, Iroko trees aren’t even close to the tallest trees in the world when doing height comparison.

List Of The  20 Tallest Trees in the World

you will be very much amazed going through this list of top tallest trees in the world.

Atlas

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Height: 91.20 m
Location: San Francisco, California, United States
Density: 6.81 m

Starting up our list of the top tallest tree is Atlas, currently the 9th largest single-stem coast redwood and the 2nd largest tree in Atlas Grove.
Amazingly, Atlas is also the 3rd fastest growing redwood yet to be measured with approximately 1.18m growth every year.
Humboldt State University forestry professor Stephen C. Sillett named the tree after the Greek Titan Atlas, the god of astronomy and navigation.
The main trunk of Atlas splits into three enormous branches 190 ft (58 m) above ground, and the crotch in-between supports a soil mat over 3 ft (1 m) thick.

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Iluvatar

Height: 91.50m
Location: San Francisco, California, United States
Density: 6.67m
Iluvatar is also known as Cal-Barrel Giant, is currently the tallest trees in Atlas Grove, and 2nd largest single-stem coast redwood.
This gigantic tree was named after J. R. R. Tolkien’s Ero Ilúvatar, the supreme diety of Arda by Humboldt State University forestry professor Stephen C. Sillett.
Iluvatar has over 1 billion leaves in it and its crown contains over 209 reiterated trunks.

Zeus Redwood

Height: 101.87m
Location: Orick, California, United States.
Density: 6.75m

Zeus is currently the 3rd largest tree in Atlas Grove, The name Zeus was given to it by Humboldt University forestry professor Stephen C. Sillet after the Greek Olympian Zeus, god of the sky.
This gigantic tree, Zeus, has world’s deepest measured crown of over 91m and it is currently the 5th fastest growing redwood yet to be measured which grows about 1.15m each year.

Hill-Davis

Height: 105.03m
Location: Orick, United States
Density: 4.79m

Next on our list of top tallest tree in the world is Hill-Davis, named after the Hill-Davis Company, a subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser and parent of Arcata Redwood Company (ARCo), which owned Tall Trees Grove, also known as the ARCo Grove of the Giants.

Melkor

Height: 106.25m
Location: Orick, California, United States.
Density: 6.83m

Next on our list is Melkor, popularly known as Fusion Giant is the second largest known multi-stem redwood.
The name Melkor was given to it by Humboldt State University forestry professor Stephen C. Sillett after J. R. R. Tolkien’s Melkor, the first Dark Lord of Eä., before it was named Tree Fussion by naturalists Chris K. Atkins and Michael W. Taylor.

Giant Tree

Height: 107.99m
Location: San Franscisco, California, United States
Density: 5.15m

Giant was once the largest tree in the world popularly known as Big Tree. It is the second tallest known tree in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
One defect about Giant Tree is that it is now shorter loosing about 2.7m of its height thereby making recent discovered Redwoods to be taller than it.

Emerald Giant

Height: 109.42m
Location: Orick, California, United States
Diameter: 4.72m

Emerald tree is the tallest tree in Emerald Grove and it is well known as Emerald Spring.
This tree was named after Emerald Creek (Harry Weir Creek).

Howard Libbey

Height: 110.58m
Location: San Francisco, California, United States
Diameter: Not disclosed

Howard Libbey which once held the title as the tallest trees in the world in the year 1963 – 1988 until naturalist Ron Hildebrant remeasured Harry Cole in Redwood National Park in July 1988..
Howard Libbey was named after Howard A. Libbey, founding president of the Arcata Redwood Company (ARCo).
Starting up our list of top tallest trees in the world is Howard Libbey which once held the title as the tallest trees in the world in the year 1963 – 1988 until naturalist Ron Hildebrant remeasured Harry Cole in Redwood National Park in July 1988..
Howard Libbey was named after Howard A. Libbey, founding president of the Arcata Redwood Company (ARCo)
After some time, Howard Libbey lost its height gradually and some claim it is lost its uppermost crown (3m) during a storm in 1989 while others claim it lost its height gradually from dieback and decades of silt deposition.

Gulch Tower

Height: 110.77m
Location: Orick, California, United States
Density: 3.38m

Gultch Tower is the second tallest tree discovered by light detection and ranging (LiDAR).
It is also known as T7 and the 2nd tallest tree in Orion Grove.

Harry Cole

Height: 111.59m
Location: California, United States
Density: 4.49m
Next on our list of the top tallest tree is Harry Cole, the 2nd tallest tree in the world as at 1963 and currently the tallest tree in Forty Four Grove.
Apart from being the tallest 2nd tallest tree as at 1963, it also held the title as at the 1980s before Nugget took away the title. This gigantic tree was named after Harry W. Cole, an officer of Little River Redwood Company.

Mendocino Tree

Height: 112.20m
Location: Montgomery Woods, California, United States
Diameter: 4.19m
Next on our list of top tallest trees in the world is Mendocino, one of the tallest tree in Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve.
This tree was discovered by Gerald F.Beranek from the top of Montgomery Giant in June 1981 but at that moment the tree wasn’t given a name. As time goes on, in summer 1995, naturalists Ron Hildebrant and Michael W. Taylor determined that Mendocino was the tallest tree in the world and named it after its surrounding Mendocino County.
Montgomery Woods is a very beautiful and free place all fans of nature should visit. And if you are looking forward to taking photos of Mendocino and other famous tall Redwood trees, then you shouldn’t miss going there.

Paradox

Height: 112.56m
Location: Rockefeller Forest, California, United States
Diameter: 3.90m
Next, on our list of top tallest trees in the world is Paradox, one of the tallest Redwood trees we have today.
The paradox was discovered by Professor Paul J. Zinka (a professor in University of California at Berkeley) and a graduate student Alan G. stangenberger from Duckett Bluff, near Dyerville, in 1966 but they did not name the tree at that moment.
In February 1993, Zinke told naturalists Michael W. Taylor where to search for his “Three Peas in a Pod’ (then-unnamed Laurelin, Paradox, and Telperion) which professor Zinke suspected that it is the largest tree in the world as at that time.
Later on, the name Paradox was given to the tree by naturalist Michael W. Taylor because of its unusual feature, bearing a thin-trunk for such a large tree.

Rockefeller

Height: 112.60m
Location: Humboldt, California, United States
Diameter: No exact diameter disclosed
Rockefeller is one of the few tallest trees in the world which once held the record as the tallest tree in the world as at 1957 – 1963.
The tree is also known as Jerry Partain tree and it was named to honour John D. Rockefeller a lover of nature who once donated $2,000,000 between the year 1926 and 1929 to save the Redwoods League to purchase Dyerville Flat from the Pacific Lumber Company.

Orion

Height: 112.88m
Location: Redwoods, California, USA
Diameter: 4.33 m
Next on our list of top tallest trees in the world is Orion, also known as TT9 and the tallest tree in Orion Groove.
Orion was discovered by light detection and ranging (LiDAR). Humboldt State University forestry professor Stephen C. Sillett and naturalists Chris K. Atkins and Michael W. Taylor named the tree after Orion, the hunter in Greek mythology, whom the Greek Olympian Zeus placed among the stars as a constellation.
One amazing thing about Orion is that it is one of the fastest growing Redwood trees in the world that grows around 1.14m each year.

Lauralin

Height: 113.03m
Location: Humboldt, South Fork Eel River, California, USA
Diameter: 4.54m
Laurelin also made it on this list of top tallest trees in the world. This Redwood tree is also known as Lauralyn and Federation Giant and also the tallest tree in Federation Grove.
The University of California at Berkeley forestry professor Paul J. Zinke and graduate student Alan G. Stangenberger discovered Laurelin from Duckett Bluff, near Dyerville, in 1966 but did not give it a name at that moment until February 1993, Zinke told naturalist Michael W. Taylor where to search for his “Three Peas in a Pod” (then-unnamed Laurelin, Paradox, and Telperion) which, Zinke suspected, were the world’s tallest trees. When Taylor found Laurelin later, he named it Federation Giant after Federation Grove.
Humboldt State University forestry professor Stephen C. Sillett renamed the tree Laurelin after one of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Two Trees of Valinor (the other being Telperion)

Dyerville GIant

Height: 113.39m
Location: San Francisco, California, United States
Diameter: Not Disclosed
Dyerville Giant is one of the top tallest trees in the world currently with approximately 113.39+m.
The name “Dyerville Giant’ was given to the tree when professor Paul J. Zinke (a professor in University of California) and graduate Alan G. Stangenberger discovered the tree in 1966 nearby a defunct town of Dyerville.
As at that time, Howard Libbey held the title as the world’s tallest tree but with inspection and measurement carried out on Dyerville Giant when it fell on March 25, 1991, by naturalists Michael W. Taylor and Ron Hildebrant, it dethroned Howard Libbey to become the world’s tallest tree.

Stratosphere Giant

Height: 113.52m
Location: Humboldt, South Fork Eel River, California, United States
Diameter: Not Disclosed

Next on our list of the top tallest tree in the world is Stratosphere Giant, also known as the tallest tree on Calf Creek Flat.
Stratosphere Giant was once referred to as the tallest tree in the world until naturalist Chris K. Atkins and Michael W. Taylor discovered Helios in Redwood National Park on July 1, 2006.
One amazing thing about this tree is that it grows about 0.88m every year.

Nugget

Height: 113.84m
Location: Redwood Creek, California, USA
Diameter: 4.39m

Nugget is also known as National Geography Society Tree is currently the 3rd largest tree in the world.
Nugget once held the title as the tallest trees in the world before it was dethroned by Paradox in 1995. One amazing thing is that Nugget is now taller that Paradox that once dethroned it during its reign and currently regarded as the 2nd fast-growing Redwood in the world with an over 1.46m increase in height each year.

Helios

Height: 114.58m
Location: Redwoods, Redwood Creek inflow, California, United States
Diameter: 4.96m Next on our list of the top tallest tree in the world is Helios which currently ranks 2nd in the world and the tallest tree in Helios grove.
This amazing gigantic tree was named Helios after the Greek Titan Helios, the god of the sun and son of Hyperion, because its treetop remained sunlit when first spotted near sunset on July 1, 2006. Helios had its reign as one of the tallest trees in the world until August 25, 2006, when Atkins and Taylor discovered the current tallest tree in the world, Hyperion.

Hyperion

tallest tree in the world

Height: 115.82m
Location: Redwoods, Redwood Creek inflow, California, USA
Diameter: 4.84m
Here comes the crowned king, the tallest tree in the world, Hyperion. Discovered by naturalist Chris K. Atkins and Michael W. Taylor, Hyperion was named after the greek great Titan Hyperion which simply means “The High One”.
Hyperion is one of the tallest Redwood trees which grows about 0.59m every year for over a decade, it is expected to remain the tallest tree in the world until 2031 where there might be the possibility of it being dethroned by a potential threat, maybe Helios or the fast-growing Paradox.
As at now, Hyperion has over 550 million leaves and has one of the deepest Redwood crowns yet measured.

That is it on our list of top 20 tallest trees in the world. We hope you enjoyed going through it, kindly share with your friends and loved ones.

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