How tall can a tall tree get

Monique Reed monique at bio.tamu.edu
Mon Feb 8 09:33:54 EST 1999


The Great Tree of Tule is a giant of its species.  These trees can get to be 
rather tall and in wet situations will put up "knees" through which they 
breathe, thus greatly expanding the area occupied by a single plant.  However, 
most specimens are much smaller, and in fact  make good home landscape 
plants for wettish areas.

M. Reed


>Just reading Eric Newby's *What the Traveller Saw*.
>In it he has a picture of a *Taxodium distichum*
>which is captioned as "a sort of cypress". It is
>described as 160 feet in circumference at 4 feet
>off the ground. This sounds big. Does anyone know
>if this is approaching a record for the circumference
>of trees? And, is this particular species prone to
>gigantism?
>Dave Abbott
>Sidney, BC

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