I never realized how big giant Sequoias can get until I saw this composite of 126 photos
Pictured is the giant sequoia known as the President tree. At over 3,200 years old, 247 feet tall and with around 2 billion leaves, this is the second largest tree by volume in the world.
Giant Sequoias are redwood trees and cousins to the coast redwoods in California. While the coast redwoods are the tallest trees in the world, giant sequoias are the largest by volume.
The tallest coast redwood is 379 feet tall compared to the tallest giant sequoia at just over 275 feet. That’s a difference of over 100 feet, and yet giant sequoias still have a significantly larger volume. The largest giant sequoia has a volume of over 52,500 cubic feet, while the largest coast redwood is 42,500 cubic feet. Yes, a tree that is 100 feet shorter than its cousin is 10,000 cubic feet larger.
The picture is a composite of 126 different photographs. It takes that many to capture the sheer size of this tree in one photograph. If you look closely you can see a few people in the shot for reference.
It is neither the tallest nor the widest tree in the world, but the President tree sure is beautiful.