Do you love to get lost in the forest? Does the feeling of wandering among the trees, the smallness of being surrounded by giants whose canopy shelters you and locks in the earthy scent of leaves and bark evoke a sense of contentedness within you?
For thousands of years, mankind has seen a certain divinity in trees, in some cases, literally worshiping them. Trees are a source of life for us, and our fascination with them is no mysterious phenomenon. Of course, the fact that trees can grow up to 10, 20, even 30 stories high probably helps. Those who are particularly allured by trees should check out these 10 tallest trees in the world. The focus will also be on trees that are presumed to still be alive.
Affectionately named King Stringy, this stringybark tree rounds off the list of the world's tallest trees. The King rises above its neighbors, standing 282 feet tall, the tallest Eucalyptus obliqua.
The stringybark is named for its flaky, stringy bark that peels easily. No need to worry though, as this species is one of the toughest trees out there. The wood and bark of the tree are quite sturdy, and its flowers provide a haven for bees. All in all, this is one pretty kingly tree.
Tasmania's Florentine Valley is famous for its ancient forests, which remain almost completely untouched. There, many Eucalyptus delegatensis trees tower above others, one, in particular, reaching a height of 288 feet.
Also known as Alpine Ash, these trees are slightly smaller than the Eucalyptus regnans variety, but no less awe-inspiring. The Florentine Valley is under threat of deforestation. Some of the trees there are of high value to the timber industry, and Forestry Tasmania has been in an ongoing conflict with conservation groups over the area.
Neeminah Loggorale Meena is about as tall as its name is long. Standing proudly in the forests of Tasmania, this Tasmanian blue gum tree is currently the tallest of its kind, but in the past, there have been much taller.
Neeminah Loggorale Meena, meaning "mother and daughter" in the native Aboriginal language, stands almost totally isolated in a clear-cut area. Thankfully, its 298-foot height protects it under local Tasmanian Forestry law, which states that any tree taller than 85 meters (278 feet) cannot be cut down.
Located in Borneo, researchers discovered the world's tallest tropical tree, a yellow meranti reaching a height of 293 feet. The tree was only measured in 2016, and it is currently being studied.
Scientists at the University of Cambridge were studying biodiversity in the Maliau Basin Conservation Area when they made the incredible discovery. Its height was captured first using a 3D scan, and then for more precision, a climber scaled the tree to get its exact height. When it was measured, the researchers found out it was almost as tall as London's Big Ben!
This White Knight may not be saving any damsels in distress, but its height is pretty heroic. It gets its name from the white peppermint species, of which it is the tallest example. Its height is just shy of 300 feet, at exactly 299.
You'll see the White Knight among other huge white peppermints and eucalyptus trees in the forests of Tasmania, which is famed for its crazy-tall trees. The White Knight can be visited (and attracts large numbers of dendrophiles) near the town of Mathinna.
The giant sequoia is accurately named - these trees are among the biggest in the world, and when you step into a sequoia forest, you'll truly be surrounded by nature's skyscrapers. Although they do grow taller than most species of trees, few are taller than 300 feet.
One giant sequoia in California's Sequoia National Forest, however, reaches the incredible height of 314 feet, but unfortunately, it doesn't yet have a name. If you're planning a trip to nearby Yosemite National Park, be sure to check out the Sequoia National Forest and see these enormous trees.
Like Hyperion, there isn't an exact location given for Raven's Tower, but you might spot it within Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. The park is special because it was established to protect Raven's Tower and other massive trees in the area specifically for their height, and at 317 feet, this tree is definitely worth protecting.
The Sitka spruce was measured in 2007 and is known to be growing still, so it may even be taller now, though it hasn't been measured since. It is known to have an intricate system of roots and plants growing on it well above ground level, and though this seems bizarre, the damp climate and immense width of the tree makes it possible!
The third tallest tree in the world is located in southwest Oregon, just north of Redwoods National Park. At 327 feet, the Doerner Fir comes very close to the height of Centurion, and if it were to grow taller, it could easily take the silver for World's Tallest Tree.
The tallest Douglas Fir in the world, the Doerner Fir grows in a forest owned by the Coos County Bureau of Land Management. You can find it in east Coos County, one of the last remaining giant Douglas Firs. During the previous century, many of the tallest trees in the Pacific Northwest were cut for their timber, and the Doerner Fir is a relic of the past forest.
Across the Pacific Ocean and into the Southern Hemisphere, you'll find the second tallest tree, the mighty Centurion. It is located in Tasmania, a small island off the coast of Australia. This giant stands at about 330 feet tall, but its height varies with growth.
Named after Roman centurions, the tree is the tallest of the Eucalyptus regnans species, the second tallest class of tree after the coast redwood. Centurion was very narrowly saved in February 2019 when a bushfire broke out in southern Tasmania and wiped out much of the surrounding flora.
Deep in the tangled rainforest of Sabah, Malaysia, researchers discovered a yellow meranti affectionately called Menara that reaches a height of 331 feet.
Scientists at the University of Nottingham and Oxford announced the Menara to be the tallest tropical tree in the world. That said, there is a fair amount of disagreement on whether this is actually the tallest tropical tree in the area, let alone the world. A similarly lengthy tree of the same family is also located in Tawau Hills Park.
It's no big surprise that the world's tallest tree is a redwood, located in California's Redwood National Park. Discovered in 2006, the tree was measured to be a staggering 380 feet tall and appropriately named Hyperion.
The exact location of Hyperion within the park is kept a secret to protect the tree from damage or vandalism, so you may or may not see it if you visit Redwoods National Park. Unfortunately, it is believed that Hyperion will no longer be able to grow taller due to woodpecker damage at the top of the tree, but in its 600-year lifetime, it's done plenty of growing.