[INFOGRAPHIC] The Biggest Tree in the World by Volume

The biggest tree in the world by volume is not the tallest or widest, but the overall volume of its trunk makes it the biggest tree on Earth. The biggest tree on earth is the General Sherman Tree located in the Sequoia National Park in California. It stands at a staggering height of 274.9 ft or 83.8 m[1] and has a bole volume of 52,508 cu ft or 1,487 m3[2], a mass of 2,472,000 lb. or 1,121t. [3]

The Biggest Tree in the World by Volume – General Sherman

biggest tree in the world by volume - general sherman

General Sherman Statistics


The General Sherman stands 274.9ft (83.8m) above base.1


General Sherman has a circumference of 102.6ft (31.3m) at the ground. 1

Max Diameter

The max diameter of the tree is 36.5ft (11.1m) at the base. 1

Diameter at 60 Feet

The tree’s diameter is 17.5ft (5.3m) at 60 ft (18m) above the base. 2

Diameter at 180 Feet

At 180ft (55m) above the ground, General Sherman has a diameter of 14ft (4.3m). 2

Diameter of the Largest Branch

The largest branch has a diameter of 6.8ft (2.1m) 1

Height of First Large Branch

The first large branch is 130ft (39.6m) above the base. 1

Estimated Bole Volume

The estimated bole volume is 52,508 cu ft (1,487m3 ). 3

Estimated Bole Mass

The estimated bole mass is 2,472,000 lb or 1,121 t. 3




[1] “The General Sherman Tree”. Sequoia National Park. U.S. National Park Service. 1997-03-27. Retrieved 2011-08-12.

[2] Flint, Wendell D. (1987). To Fin the Biggest Tree. Sequoia National History Association. p. 94.

[3] Fry Walter; White, John Roberts (1942). Big Trees. Palo Alto, California: Stanford University Press.