Lindsey Creek tree

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Lindsey Creek Tree
SpeciesCoast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)
LocationFieldbrook, California
Height118.87 m (390.0 ft)
Diameter31.09 m (102.0 ft)
Volume of trunk2,548.5 m3 (90,000 cu ft)

The Lindsey Creek French Tree is the largest single-stem organism (tree) thus far known to have existed historically. It was a coast redwood (also known as California redwood), a member of the species Sequoia sempervirens. It grew in Fieldbrook, California, along the Lindsey Creek, which feeds into the Mad River.[1] When it was uprooted and felled by a storm in 1905, its mass was at least 3,630 short tons, 3.3 million kilograms, or 7.26 million pounds; and its trunk volume was at least 2,550 cubic meters (90,000 cubic feet).[2] In terms of volume, this would make it close to twice the size of the largest living single-stem tree, the giant sequoia known as General Sherman.

Skip Johnson, a Fieldbrook logger interviewed in 1971, testified that he witnessed the Lindsey Creek Tree after it was lying on the ground. He reported it as the tallest tree in Fieldbrook. He stated that a family member measured its diameter at 19 feet at 130 feet off the ground, and 9.5 feet at 260 feet off the ground, and its total height slightly exceeded 390 feet. If true, it was taller than any other known tree. Hyperion, another coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), currently the world's tallest tree, is no less than 115.72 m (379.7 feet) tall.[1]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Walter Fry and John Roberts White. Big Trees. Stanford, Calif., Stanford University Press; London, Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press; First Printing, 1930, xvi, 126 pp.; ill.; 22.2 cm. x 14.4 cm.
  • Donald Culross Peattie. A Natural History of Western Trees. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1950. ISBN 978-0-395-58175-9.

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