It weighs more than three 747 airliners, is more than 2,200 years old, has dropped branches bigger than most trees east of its Sierra Nevada home, adds wood at the rate of a four-foot two-by-four every day, has seen 28,700 full moons, and has a volume 10 percent bigger than its closest competitor. Simply put, the General Sherman giant sequoia in Sequoia National Park, California, is the biggest tree on the planet.

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