M7W – Arbor del Tule

Number 7 of my 16 candidates, is a tree that is claimed to be the biggest living mass in the world. Of course, there are many other countries who have similar claims, but one thing is for sure – it is bloody enormous. And it’s in a very pretty part of the country, not far from Oaxaca City.

From Wiki: El Árbol del Tule (Spanish for “the Tule Tree”) is a very large tree located in the church grounds in the town center of Santa María del Tule in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, approximately 13 km (8 miles) from the city of Oaxaca on the road to Mitla. It is a Montezuma cypress The tree is 43 m tall, has a circumference of 35.87 m, and has the largest trunk diameter of any tree in the world at 11.42 m. (approx. 37 feet) It has a volume of 705 cubic meters and weighs an estimated 509 020 kilograms. It is so large that it was originally thought to be multiple trees, but recent DNA tests have proved that it is only one tree. This does not rule out another theory, that it comprises multiple trunks from a single individual. The age of El Tule is unknown, with estimates ranging between 1200 and 3000 years. Local Zapotec legend holds that it was planted about 1400 years ago by Pechocha, a priest of Ehecatl, the Aztec storm-god; its position on a sacred site (later taken over by the Roman Catholic Church) would tend to support this.

 

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