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Hyperion: The world’s tallest living tree

The Hyperion located in the Redwood Park of Northern California is the world’s tallest living tree, standing at a height of 380.3 feet.

To put that in perspective, the tree is nearly 70 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty and 63 feet higher than Big Ben.

Hyperion: The world’s tallest living tree
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Forestry researchers discovered the redwood tree (Sequoia sempervirens) in 2006 — astonishing to think it took that long given its gigantic nature.

The foliage is characteristic of that found in arid environments due to the plumbing challenges of drawing water up the tree.

However, the Paradox tree located in Redwood Humbolts Park is due to pass the Hyperion tree in height by the year 2031.

Hyperion: The world’s tallest living tree
Hyperion: The world’s tallest living tree
Hyperion: The world’s tallest living tree
Hyperion: The world’s tallest living tree

Images above via the Famous Redwoods website which also contains a must-see a virtual tour of the tree.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger and curious explorer of the world who connects the dots between life, arts, and knowledge.