The General Sherman is a giant sequoia tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, California. By volume, it is the largest known living single stem tree on Earth. With a height of 83.8 metres (275 ft), a diameter of 7.7 metres (25 ft), an estimated bole (trunk) volume of 1,487 cubic metres (52,513 cu ft), it is estimated to be between 2,300 and 2,700 years of age.
This behemoth of the plant world was named in 1879 after American Civil War general, William Tecumseh Sherman, by naturalist James Wolverton, who had served as a lieutenant in the 9th Indiana Cavalry under Sherman.
He is often called the largest living thing on earth, although there might be some discussion about that. Most of the tree consists of dead wood. Also the exact definition of a ‘living thing’ is not very clear.
It is safe to say however that General Sherman,the tree, is very big and very old.
via Monumental Trees