Hyperion (tree)

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This article is about Hyperion, the tallest living tree. For other uses, see Hyperion (disambiguation).
Example of Redwoods in Redwood National and State Parks (Hyperion not pictured)

Hyperion is the name of a coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) in Northern California that was measured at 115.61 m (379.3 ft), which ranks it as the world's tallest known living tree.[1] After 2013, new tall coast redwoods were found, research reports omit tree names, and previously known tallest redwoods grew, fell, or lost height. An unnamed coast redwood exists, between 115.71 m (379.6 ft) and 118.87 m (390.0 ft) tall.[2]


Hyperion was discovered August 25, 2006, by naturalists Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor.[3] 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.[4] The tree is located at 41.20491 N and 124.01556 W, near Tom McDonald Creek and is accessible from the Tall Trees trailhead.[5] The tree is estimated to contain 530 m3 (18,600 cu ft) of wood[6] and to be roughly 700–800 years old.[7]

Researchers stated that woodpecker damage at the top may have prevented the tree from growing taller.[7]

In February 2012, Hyperion was featured in the BBC Radio 4 documentary James and the Giant Redwoods by James Aldred.[8]

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  1. ^ Earle, CJ (2011). "Sequoia sempervirens". The Gymnosperm Database. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  2. ^ http://www.mdvaden.com/redwood_hyperion.shtml
  3. ^ Preston, R (2006-10-09). "Tall for its age - Climbing a record breaking redwood" (PDF). The New Yorker. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  4. ^ Schrepfer, SR (1983). The Fight to Save the Redwoods: A History of Environmental Reform, 1917-1978. Madison, Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin Press. pp. 130–85. ISBN 0-299-08850-2. 
  5. ^ "Hyperion - World's Tallest Tree". Famous Red Woods. famousredwoods.com. Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  6. ^ Preston, R (2007). The Wild Trees: A Story Of Passion And Daring. Allen Lane Publishers. p. 284. ISBN 978-0-8129-7559-8. 
  7. ^ a b Martin, G (2006-09-29). "World's tallest tree, a redwood, confirmed". SFGate. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  8. ^ "James and the Giant Redwoods - Part One". BBC Radio 4. BBC. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 

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