While it is not the tallest tree or the widest or even the oldest, General Sherman has split the difference and is thought to be the largest single stem tree by sheer volume.
Named after Civil War general William Tecumsah Sherman, this awesome, ancient arbor is located in Sequoia National Park. A giant sequoia, the tree is believed to be between 2,300 and 2,700 years old and its largest branches are wider in diameter than most regular tree trunks. The General’s claim to fame may not sound as sexy as many of the world’s other superlative saplings, but its health and sheer volume will keep it in the record books for centuries to come.
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