Monday, May 2, 2016
The General Sherman is a giant sequoia tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, California. By volume, it is the largest known living single stem tree on Earth.The General Sherman Tree is neither the tallest known living tree on Earth , nor is it the widest , nor is it the oldest known living tree on Earth.
For a long time it was thought that this tree had reached an age of 2000 to 3000 years. Others even spoke about ages of 6000 to 11000 years. Research from 2002 has shown that he is probably ‘only’ about 2000 years old. In the past sequoias have been cut down that appeared to be 3220 years old and it is assumed that there might be giant sequoias up to 4000 years old out there, because the biggest are not always the oldest ones.