Ever heard of tree searchers or seekers? Well, for those hearing the word for the first time I shall explain. While most adventurous people try to hike the many great trails of the redwood forests, there are some who travel the road less taken. This group is interested in locating the rarest and most special trees on earth including the tallest, largest and the shortest with unique and interesting features. They are known as the tree searchers. These people are credited for having discovered many of the world’s most exotic and beautiful trees. The tree searchers have also helped in enriching our general knowledge by providing us valuable information about trees that we have never heard of.
Listed below are the top ten tallest trees in the world:
Located in the Montgomery Flat, the Mendocino was recorded as the tallest tree from December 1996 to August 2000 measuring 112.20 m in height before the Stratosphere Giant was discovered. It is also a coast redwood growing in the Montgomery Woods State Reserve near Ukaih. The Mendocino is described as standing about five stories higher than the Statue of Liberty. The ride to the Montgomery groves through the Mountain View Road is simply amazing and is worth a shot says many who has given it a try.
Situated in the Rockefeller forest in Humboldt, Paradox is the ninth largest tree with a height of 112.56 m. From 1995 to 1996 it held the position of the tallest tree in the world. Finding Paradox was a difficult venture as there were no images of the tree available then. Paradox according to Steve Hall is “a spectacular tree to stand below in person”. This led to its easy discovery in 1995. Of all the so far known trees, the Paradox is credited for its pure scenic beauty.
Recognized by the American Forestry Association as the national champion coast redwood in November 1991, Rockefeller is the eighth tallest tree on earth. It is 112.6 m (369.3 feet) tall and was first sited on the Upper Bull Creek Flat in Humboldt. The long slender body of a Rockefeller has always been a fascination to its many visitors. But it is also equally hard to distinguish a Rockefeller from a group of similar looking woods unless you have the right eye sight and immense patience.
Lauralin positioned as the seventh tallest tree on earth was discovered on the South Fork Eel River on Humboldt. It is 112.62 m tall and was discovered by Paul Zinke and Al Strangenburger. The tree is so beautiful that the Landmark Trees describes it as a Big Leaner, which is exactly what a Lauralin is. Researchers say that every tree hunter should hunt a Lauralin down as a beginner because if one couldn’t spot this large slimmer then you probably are not going to find any.
Measuring 112.63 m in height, Orion is the sixth tallest tree on earth. Sillett, Taylor and Atkins are credited for having discovered Orion with a considerable amount of help from LIDAR. Finding Orion is considered a nearly impossible task as it is the hardest tree to come across compared to the other trees. Though the exact location of the tree is unknown, the LIDAR research team reported the tree to be located in Redwood, Redwood Creek Tributary. It is believed to be growing on a ‘high-perched bench with spring’. The Redwoods of the Orion grove and its nearby vicinity are simply stunning which made its study even more interesting.
5. National Geographic Society
The National Geographic Society also a Sequoia Sempervirenst is 112.71 m tall with a diameter of about 4.39 m. When the tree was discovered in 1994, it was the then tallest known tree in the world and held the title for over a year. The researchers report the National Geographic as located in the Redwood Creek Tributary, though its exact location was never revealed to the world.
4. Stratosphere Giant
Once considered the tallest tree in the world, the Stratosphere Giant was discovered in July, 2000 in Humboldt Redwood State. The tree was then 112.34 metres tall and over the years has grown to a height of 113.11 m (as recorded in 2010). Stratosphere Giant also belong to the Sequoia Sempervirens species and is surrounded by a number of trees that are as tall as the Giant. Like many other trees Stratosphere also held the title of being the tallest tree of the planet for over six years, from 2000-2006. People who had the opportunity to spot a Stratosphere were immensely awestruck at its magnificence. However the exact location of the tree has never been revealed in order to avoid damage due to intrusion by the public.
Icarus the 3rd tallest tree in the world was discovered on the same day as Helios in a difference of a few hours by Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor. It is 113.14 m tall and is also a coast redwood found in the Redwood Creek Inflow, California, USA. In The Wild Trees (a book) the narrative states that “minutes after they discovered Helios, they found another tree, a darning needle of a redwood with a dead, sun-bleached top” which they named Icarus. But unfortunately it is difficult to spot an Icarus because the Redwood Creek Inflow is filled with thousands of trees with dead-tops that are spread out everywhere.
Helios, a coast redwood was discovered by Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor on July 1st, 2006 in the Redwood National Park. Spanning a height of 114.58 m, Helios is the second tallest tree on earth. However recent measurements show that the Helios has grown over the years that today it is only about 4 feet shorter than the Hyperion. The location of the Helios grove had been a secret for quite some time during which the area was nicknamed the Dry Heaves Creek. But interestingly the Helios is not on a creek but is up on a hill!
The world’s tallest known living tree Sequoia sempervirens is a coast redwood of Northern California. Measuring 115.61 metres in height, the Hyperion is recognized as the tallest tree on earth though not the largest of the redwood species. Naturalists Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor discovered the tree on the 25th of August, 2006 in a remote area of the Redwood National and State Parks. As the Hyperion became the talk of the day it got featured in the BBC Radio 4 documentary James and the Giant Redwoods by James Alfred. Researchers believe that the woodpecker damage at the top had prevented the tree from reaching a height of 115.8 m.