Franklin (tree)

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Franklin Tree
Crescent Meadow in Giant Forest, called by John Muir the "Gem of the Sierras"

Franklin is a giant sequoia in Giant Forest, a sequoia grove where the largest tree in the world lives - the General Sherman. The Franklin tree is the eighth largest giant sequoia in the world. It was named by Wendell Flint after Benjamin Franklin. Nearby trees include the Washington Tree which was once the second largest tree in the world, but since it lost half its trunk in 2005 many sequoias are now larger.

Giant Forest, famed for its giant sequoia trees, is within Sequoia National Park. The forest, at over 6,000 feet (1,800 m) in elevation, is located in the western Sierra Nevada of California. Four out of the ten largest trees by volume on the planet are said to be within the Giant Forest. The largest, the General Sherman tree, measures 36.5 feet (11.1 m) across the base.

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Metres Feet
Height above base 68.3 224.0
Circumference at ground 28.9 95.0
Diameter 1.5 m above base 6.7 21.9
Estimated bole volume (m³.ft³) 1,169.0 41,280.0

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