Tallest Tree Ever Recorded

I’ve already posted about the tallest tree in the world. And I’ve posted about the top 15 tallest California redwood trees, which are the tallest known living trees today.

In this post, I’ll talk about the tallest tree ever recorded. Or maybe that should be, the tallest trees ever recorded.

Australia’s Eucalyptus regnans trees (also referred to as Eucalyptus trees) have been widely regarded as the tallest trees ever recorded.

Here’s a list of some of the tallest Eucalyptus trees ever recorded:

  • Many sources have stated that the tallest tree ever recorded is the “Ferguson Tree” (measured by William Ferguson). On February 21, 1872, the fallen tree was measured at 132.6 meters (435 feet) - and that was after the top had broken off! The trunk, where it had broken off, was still a meter in diameter, and some estimated that the tree could have been taller than 152.4 meters (500 feet) tall.
  • Another tall tree was the “Robinson Tree” (measured by G.W. Robinson) at Mount Baw Baw. In 1889, the Robinson Tree was found to be 143 meters (470 feet) tall.
  • In 1867 another Eucalyptus tree was measured at 132.9 meters (436 feet)
  • A Eucalytus tree known as T. Rolla Tree was measured at 124.9 meters (410 feet)
  • The “David Boyle Tree” (measured by David Boyle) was located in the Dandenong Ranges (near Melbourne). In 1862 it was measured at 119 meters (390 feet), but it had fallen and had a broken top. David estimated that the tree would have been 128 meters (420 feet) if it’d kept it’s top.
  • In 1888, the Menzies Creek tree was measured at 122 meters (400 feet) after it had fallen.
  • In 1866, the C Walter tree was said to be 118.8 meters (390 feet)
  • In 1880, the Cornthwaite tree was measured at 114 meters (374 feet) after it had been cut down. It was located in South Gippsland in the Thorpdale area.

Isn’t it a shame that the tallest trees always seem to get cut down?

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  4. Susie James Says:

    Being from the uk I’ve always had a fascination with the giant redwoods never new about the Eucalyptus trees though.

  5. g Says:

    The Eucalyptus tree was not as tall as the redwoods. Measurement used were not accurate and the earlier measurements were later proved false, was over 300 ft though. This is just another tall tale posted by the Aussies but it was an giant, impressive, beautiful tree and should have never been messed with. It grew on the island of Tasmania that has a very similar coastal climate to Northern California. Fog rules!

  6. Nelly Says:

    Eucalyptus tree is native to Australia and Tasmania. There in wild regions Eucalyptus can reach up to 140 meters in height. They are also one of the fastest growing trees. This is a great article with interesting facts.

  7. Samuel Bednarski Says:

    There were, douglas-firs here in BC and Washington that reached over 122 metres (400 feet). In Vancouver, the Lynn Valley Tree is supposed to have been 126.5 metres (415 feet) tall. There is a photo and everything.

    The Kerrisdale Tree is supposed to have reached 141.7 metres (465 feet) tall, but the report is less credible. In the 1950’s there were still numerous trees over 100 metres, 305 feet tall, but now the tallest is only 99.4 metres, 303 feet tall.

    Every now and then, loggers find patches of almost inaccessible old-growth that is still very tall, such as Nimpkish Valley in the 1980’s. Canada’s tallest trees, in a forest averaging over 75 metres, 250 feet, were all logged. The island in the river as left as a park, but the trees are starting to blow down without wind protection. Some of the trees were supposed to be at least as tall as the current douglas-fir record holder. For comparason the old reports say some forest averaged around 300 feet, or 90 metres.