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The thickest, tallest, and oldest trees in France

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In this table of girth records in France only girth measurements made at a height between 1.30 m and 1.50 m are listed. Trees with multiple trunks are excluded.
Of course this inventory contains only tree records as far as they are registered on this site.

How to measure the girth of a tree?

NrTree speciesGirthLocationMeasurementYear
1Tilia cordata (Small-leaved lime)12.65 mLe tilleul de Grange Sauvaget, Granges Sauvaget, France Jeroen Pater2002
2Quercus robur (Pedunculate oak)12.60 mTronjoly, Bulat-Pestivien, France Jeroen Philippona1998
3Sequoiadendron giganteum (Giant sequoia)12.60 mPrivate garden, Châlus, France Marc Meyer2010
4Taxus baccata (Yew)12.44 mÉglise Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité, Le Ménil-Ciboult, France WiPe2012
5Castanea sativa (Sweet chestnut)12.40 mCol de Bavella- 600m, Zonza, France Yannick2011
6Platanus orientalis (Oriental plane)11.89 mChâteau Le Kinnor, Fervaques, France Han van Meegeren2012
7Populus nigra (Black poplar)~9.68 mHerbasse, Charmes-sur-l'Herbasse, France Bess2012
8Sequoia sempervirens (Coast redwood)9.29 mParc de l'Intermittente, Vals-les-Bains, France mairie072014
9Cedrus atlantica (Atlas cedar)~9.00 mChâteau Montaugé, Saint-Leger-sous-Beuvray, France Jeroen Philippona2012
10Tilia platyphyllos (Large-leaved lime)~8.50 mTilleul de Paramelle, Ferme, France Julien?


In this table of height records in France only height measurements made by laser (like eg. the Nikon 550 Forestry) or tape drop are listed.
Of course this inventory contains only tree records as far as they are registered on this site.

How to measure the height of a tree?

NrTree speciesHeightLocationMeasurementYear
1Pseudotsuga menziesii (Coast Douglas-fir)66.44 mRetenue d'eau non loin du barrage de Chartrain, Renaison, France Laurent Pierron & Jérémie Thomas2014
2Sequoiadendron giganteum (Giant sequoia)56.30 mForêt domaniale de Ribeauvillé, Ribeauvillé, France Karlheinz2014
3Sequoia sempervirens (Coast redwood)53.50 mParc de l'Intermittente, Vals-les-Bains, France mairie072014
4Abies grandis (Grand fir)51.80 mL'Estrapadette, L'estrapadette, Franceplog2013
5Quercus petraea (Sessile oak)48.40 mForêt de Bercé, Jupilles, France Jeroen Philippona2012
6Fagus sylvatica (European beech)45.20 mForêt du 'Honigwald', Sarreinsming, FranceSisley2012
7Platanus × hispanica (London plane)45.20 mParc de l'Orangerie, Strasbourg, FranceSisley2013
8Abies alba (European silver fir)44.80 mNord du château de Falkenstein, Liesbach, France Sisley2013
9Populus trichocarpa (Black cottonwood)43.40 mBois des Euillards, Varennes-sur-Amance, FranceJeroen Philippona2014
10Thuja plicata (Western redcedar)42.60 m'Brudershaus', Ammerschwihr, FranceSisley2013


In this table of age estimates and measurements in France are shown. Of course this inventory contains only age records as far as they are registered on this site.

NrTree speciesAgeLocationMeasurementYear
1Olea europaea (Olive tree)2064 ± 50 yRoundabout of Gassin-La Foux, Gassin, FranceGilGalad2012
2Castanea sativa (Sweet chestnut)1201 ± 300 yCamping 'Les châtaigniers', Pont-l'Abbé, FranceSisley2013
3Taxus baccata (Yew)1114 ± 300 yRue de l'If, Vigeois, France Wim Brinkerink2012
4Juniperus thurifera (Spanish juniper)1014 ySaint-Crépin, Saint-Crépin, France Han van Meegeren2011
5Quercus robur (Pedunculate oak)864 ± 200 yChêne de Montravail, Jardin du maison Montravail, FranceJeroen Philippona2013
6Tilia cordata (Small-leaved lime)764 ± 50 y'le tilleul de la cathédrale de saint dié des Vosges, Cathédrale, France Bess2014
7Quercus petraea (Sessile oak)714 ± 200 yForêt de Compiègne, Saint-Jean-aux-Bois, FranceJeroen Philippona2013
8Tilia platyphyllos (Large-leaved lime)701 ± 30 yJardin Public, Bergheim, France Marc Meyer2012
9Crataegus monogyna (Common hawthorn)654 ± 10 yCemetery of Bouquetot, Bouquetot, France WiPe2011
10Buxus sempervirens (Box)561 ± 50 yPlace Pierre Corneille, Maucomble, France Han van Meegeren2012
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