Taller trees yet to be discovered?
Before the discovery, Asia’s tallest tree was reportedly a 331-foot (just under 100 metres) yellow meranti (Shorea faguetiana) located in the Danum Valley Conservation Area in Sabah, Malaysia, in April 2019.
The tallest tree ever found in Asia is a Chinese cypress tree. At an astounding 335 feet (102 metres) tall, it is also thought to be the second-tallest tree in the world.
This tree would be taller than the Statue of Liberty, which is 305 feet (93 metres) tall.
According to a statement issued by the university, a research team from Peking University found the enormous cypress in May at the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon nature reserve in Bome County, Nyingchi City, in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China.
Although Chinese official media outlets stated it is either a Himalayan cypress (Cupressus torulosa) or a Tibetan cypress (Cupressus gigantea), the species of the cypress is unknown.
According to the People’s Daily Online, a government-run Chinese tabloid, the tree is 9.6 feet (2.9 m) in diameter.
The tallest tree in Asia up to this point was a 331-foot (101-meter) yellow meranti (Shorea faguetiana) in Sabah, Malaysia’s Danum Valley Conservation Area.
A distinctive ecology exists in the Tibet Autonomous Region, which is being increasingly impacted by development and climatic change.
However, Nyingchi City in particular has recently been the centre of conservation efforts to safeguard the region’s ecology and animals.
According to the statement, tall trees in the area have been catalogued by Peking University researchers to help with ecological protection efforts and a better understanding of the area’s natural richness
The crew discovered a fir tree measuring 272 feet tall (83 metres) in May of last year, which they initially thought was the tallest tree in China.
A month earlier, the team had also discovered a 252-foot (77-meter) tree in Medog County.
The researchers continued their survey this year, using drones, lasers, and radar gear to map the area’s trees and gauge their heights above the ground.
The cypress was discovered and identified as the tallest tree in Asia after several days of field research.
The group built a realistic 3D model of the massive tree using drones, a 3D laser scanner, and lidar technology, which measures distances using light beams.
They used this to establish that it was the tallest tree in Asia.
The tree is unique because its supporting roots are not entirely submerged underground, according to Guo Qinghua, a professor at Peking University’s Institute of Remote Sensing. Additionally, the tree’s intricate branching structure offers “ideal microclimates and habitats for some endangered plants and animals,” according to a university statement.
A 381-foot (116 m) coastal redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) in California’s Redwood National Park currently holds the record for tallest tree in the world.
The tree, known as Hyperion after one of the Titans from Greek mythology, is said to be between 600 and 800 years old. It was found in 2006.
The U.S. Park Service decided to restrict access to Hyperion last year after discovering visitors climbing the tree and leaving rubbish that harmed the nearby undergrowth.
TOP 3 Tallest tree
|Coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)||115.92||Hyperion|
|Yellow meranti (Shorea faguetiana)||100.8||Menara|
|Mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans)||100.5||Centurion|