What is the world’s tallest tree species?

Trees especially conifers grow to a great height. Some even cross the 100 m mark. Do you know what is the world’s tallest tree species? Let’s find out.

What is the world’s tallest tree species?

Coastal redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) is the tallest tree species in the world. These trees are found near the west coast of the United States in California and Oregon (primarily in California). Many old coastal redwood trees are over 100 m (328 ft) tall.

Coast redwood trees
Coast redwood trees

The tallest known coastal redwood tree is named Hyperion. It is located somewhere in northern California. Hyperion is nearly 116 m (381 ft) tall.

Coastal redwood vs giant sequoia/redwood (Sequoia sempervirens vs Sequoiadendron giganteum)


Coastal redwoods are found near the Pacific coast of Northern California. The giant sequoia trees are found on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Central California.


Trees of both these species can live for more than 2,000 years. Some giant sequoia trees are estimated to be over 3,000 years old.

  • Coastal redwood – up to 110 m or more
  • Giant sequoia – up to 90 m or more

Giant sequoias have a much larger volume and trunk diameter. Coastal redwoods have a slender trunk.

Wider trunks of giant sequoia

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