A tree taller than the world’s most famous tree will be unveiled on Monday when the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the world record for the tallest standing tree.
The tallest tree to have ever stood in the Americas is the Santa Cruz mountain in California, which measures 1,065 metres (3,922 feet) high.
The world record holder, the world-renowned Santa Cruz, stands in the US state of California.
“It was a very exciting moment to stand up with a new record,” said Andrew Gennaro, a spokesperson for the Santa Rosa, California, office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The record was broken in 2011 by the tree known as the California Pacific Railway (CPR) tree at a location in the Santa Clara Mountains, US state.
The tree was discovered by the US Army Corps of Engineers and has become a symbol of American independence, and the Santa Monica Mountains, where it is now standing, are named for it.
The oldest tree to be officially recognised as a landmark is the tree at the Santa Fe railway station in New Mexico, which stands at 4,527 metres (14,622 feet).
Its namesake, a young American man named Charles Lindbergh, flew to New Mexico to see the tree and later died there, according to the National Park Service.
The Santa Cruz tree was named after a group of Americans who, in 1931, helped found the US Forestry Service and its predecessor the Santa Barbara Railway Company.
They named the new railroad after the trees, and it became the first US public passenger railway in 1929.
The trees height was first recorded in 1793 by an 18th-century Italian explorer who claimed to have seen the tallest stand of the Americas.
“This is a huge honor,” said David Cossick, the president of the Santa Clarita Valley Heritage Association, which has been campaigning to have the tree recognised.
“The trees stature is so enormous that people are now talking about it as a national symbol.”
The world’s oldest tree, the giant sequoia at the US National Park service, was first discovered in 1902, but it has never been formally recognised as such.
“There are a lot of things we could be doing better, and we’re very proud to have this standing as the oldest tree in North America,” Cossack said.
“But it’s also a great thing to be able to be here in the midst of a national celebration.”
The tree will also be celebrated in an annual “Celebrate the Trees” event on Sunday when the National Forest and Park Service will open a special exhibit at the historic San Francisco Railway Station.
“I can’t think of a better place to put this tree than the San Francisco Railroad Station,” said Mark DeBord, the San Jose, California-based superintendent of the San Mateo National Forest.
“We’re not talking about just a tree, but a symbol for the whole of North America.”
When we put that tree there, it is a symbol that is so important to the people of the US.
This is a national treasure, and if you look at it, you see what it means.