General Sherman Redwood
Sequoia National Park, California
National Historic Tree
Unframed Print Size: 13" x 25"
The largest non-clonal tree in the world is considered to be the sequoia known as the General Sherman in California's Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park. Some scientists consider this giant sequoia (sequoiadendron giganteum) to be the "largest" living organism.
This extraordinary 275-foot tall tree is believed to be 2,300 and 2,700 years old. Thus capturing the tree on his drawing board was no easy undertaking for artist Stephen Malkoff. He undertook this assignment as part of his series for the National Historic Tree Register.
In 1879, it was named after American Civil War general, William Tecumseh Sherman, by naturalist James Wolverton, who had served as a lieutenant under Sherman. In 1931, following comparisons with the nearby General Grant tree, General Sherman was identified as the largest tree in the world. One upshot of this process was that wood-volume (in this case, 52,513 cu. ft. was widely accepted as the defining factor in establishing the world's largest tree