Hyperion tree – Redwoods
The tallest trees in the world are redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens), which tower above the ground in California. These trees can easily reach heights of 300 feet (91 meters).
Among the redwoods, a tree named Hyperion dwarfs them all. The tree was discovered in 2006, and is 379.7 feet (115.7 m) tall.
Hyperion tree is one of the world’s tallest trees. The exact location of Hyperion is kept in secret to prevent visitors and protect the tree from damage. But, it’s located somewhere in California’s Redwood National Park.
Hyperion was discovered August 25, 2006, by naturalists Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor. The tree was verified as standing 115.55 m (379.1 ft) tall by Stephen Sillett. The tree was found in a remote area of Redwood National and State Parks purchased in 1978. It is estimated to contain 530 m3 (18,600 cu ft) of wood.
According to redwood standards, Hyperion is quite young and still growing vigorously. Sillett thinks the tree might be “only” 600 years old, which is about 20 years in human time.
Thick reddish brown bark covers the tree’s trunk, which can span as much as 8 to 20 feet in diameter. Although redwoods hold the title for tallest tree, they are not the oldest. Bristlecone pine trees live longer than redwoods, with the oldest one approximately 5,000 years old.
Other giant redwoods include Helios, which is just a shade smaller than Hyperion, at 374.3 feet (114.1 m), as well as Icarus (371.2 feet or 113.1 m) and Daedalus (363.4 feet or 110.8 m).
A typical redwood lives for 500 to 700 years, although some have been documented at more than 2,000 years old.
The Park also houses the second tallest tree Helios, and the third tallest Icarus. Sillett estimates Hyperion to be 600 years old while others report it to be roughly 700–800 years old.