This 3200 Year Old Tree Is So Huge It’s Never Been Captured In A Single Image…Until Now.

It takes a special kind of tree to have a nickname.

“The President” is one of those trees. The giant sequoia stands 247 feet tall, measures 45,000 cubic feet in volume, and is an estimated 3,200 years old.

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The trunk is 27 feet wide and the its mighty branches hold 2 billion needles, the most of any tree on the planet.

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On top of that, The President is still adding one cubic meter of wood per year – making it one of the fastest growing trees in the world.


Until now, the tree had never been photographed in its entirety. A team of photographers from National Geographic worked with scientists from California’s Sequoia National Park to try to be the first.

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It took an intricate set of pulleys and levers to scale the tree, which one scientist argues is the largest in the world (if you take into account width).

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After 32 days of climbing and stitching together 126 separate photos, we are left with this breathtaking portrait of The President.

NGS Picture ID:1507300

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