The President tree is the name of a giant sequoia located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in the United States, east of Visalia, California. It is not the tallest giant sequoia tree in the world with a height of about 247 feet (75 m), nor the widest at about 27 ft (8.2 m) in diameter at the base, but it is the third largest tree in the world, measured by volume of trunk, and the oldest known living sequoia with 3,200 years. As of 2012, the volume of its trunk measured at about 45,000 cubic feet (1,300 m3), with an additional 9,000 cubic feet (250 m3) of branches. That same year, it was determined that the President was larger than the General Grant, if measured by total volume of wood above ground.
The tree was named after President Warren G. Harding in 1923. Nearby trees include Chief Sequoyah, the 27th largest giant sequoia in the world, and the Congress Group, two dense stands of medium sized sequoias that represent the "House" and "Senate".
|Height above base||75.3||247.0|
|Circumference at ground||28.4||93.0|
|Diameter 1.5 m above base||7.1||23.1|
|Diameter 18 m (60') above base||5.2||16.9|
|Diameter 55 m (180') above base||3.55||11.6|
|Diameter of largest branch||2.43||8.0|
|Height of first large branch above the base||37.1||122.0|
|Estimated bole volume (m³.ft³)||1,278.0||45,148.0|
|Estimated volume in branches (m³.ft³)||254.9||9,000.0|
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- "Giant redwood dedicated to memory of late president". National Lumber Bulletin. September 7, 1923. p. 13.
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- "Giant Sequoia Tree 'The President' Tops 'General Grant,' National Geographic Photographs The Forest". Huffington Post. 2012-12-01. Retrieved 2012-12-07.