How Much Do Trees Weigh?

Photo of a huge and heavy tree taken from below

If you have ever looked at a tree and wondered “How much does that tree weigh?” You wouldn’t be the first or the last person to have that thought. Trees are graceful and elegant works of nature and they sure can carry a lot of weight. How much does a tree weigh exactly?That is the question.

Unfortunately, you cannot put a tree on a scale to find out the answer.

There are several methods that can be used to calculate the weight of a tree, but to give you an example of how much trees can weigh, A 50-foot tall pine tree with a diameter of 12 inches (30cm) can weigh up to 0.9 tons or 1,800lbs (816kg).

Different trees have different weights. The weight of a tree depends on the species and type of tree as each tree has a different volume and density.

Trees are extremely diverse and one species can have a totally different weight to another. Trying to figure out the weight of a tree can be a mentally challenging task but it is not an impossible one! There are many methods that can be used to determine a tree’s weight. I am sure you have many questions and I hope that this article will help you settle some of them.

How to calculate the weight of a tree?

There are two common methods that one can use to calculate the weight of a tree. The first and most accurate method is to use an algorithm that is designed for the very purpose of calculating a tree’s weight.

The second method is to estimate the volume and the density of a tree which you can then use to estimate the weight. This method is simpler and even you can try it out!

Measuring tape around a tree trunk
Calculate the diameter of a trunk from its perimeter
  • First, measure the diameter of the tree at breast height (around 5 feet or 152cm above the ground).
  • Secondly, measure or estimate the height of the tree.
  • Third, estimate the volume of the tree.
  • Fourth, find a reference that estimates the density of your tree.
  • Fifth, multiply the volume by the density (be sure that they are both in the same units).
  • This will give you the estimated weight of a tree without its leaves.

There are two common methods used to calculate the weight of a tree. The first is using an algorithm. The second is using estimates of a tree’s volume and density to estimate its weight. The second method is easier and can be done by anyone with proper references.

What is the heaviest tree in the world?

A man in a pink shirt standing among sequoias
Sequoias are known to be among the heaviest trees in the world

General Sherman is a giant sequoia tree situated in the Sequoia National Park of Tulare County, California. You must be wondering how much this tree weighs to bear the title of being the heaviest in a world with trillions of trees.

Here’s your answer; General Sherman is estimated to weigh an amazing 2.7 million lbs (1.9 million KG )! General Sherman received its title based on its total trunk volume which, to this date, no other tree has been discovered to pass.

The heaviest tree in the world according to total trunk volume is the General Sherman tree located in Tulare County, California. It weighs an estimated 2.7 million lbs or 1.9 million kgs.

How many pine trees make a ton?

If you think a ton is a lot of weight then you may be surprised to find out that a 50-foot tall pine tree with a diameter of 12 inches (30cm) can weigh up to 1,800lbs (816kg). 12-inch diameter is not a lot for a pine tree, so imagine what bigger pines can weigh.

This may come as a shocker to people who only picture pine trees like Christmas decorations but those little trees can grow up to dozens of feet. Imagine how much weight comes with that height!

You might wonder how many pines you need to make a ton of firewood? Well, there are many different species of pine trees but if you were to consider the average pine tree, you may need only two.

There are many different species of pine trees. The average mature pine tree may have a weight of 4400 lbs (2000 kg). So it is safe to say that 1/4th of the average pine tree would weigh 1000 lbs.

How much does a 100-foot pine tree weigh?

Pine tree forest

You have already learned that the average pine tree can carry a tremendous amount of weight. Imagine how much weight a 100-foot tall pine tree carries!

Well, due to there being several species of pine, the answer may vary as we need to consider the volume and density of the tree. There aren’t many species that grow up to become 100-foot tall. It is safe to say that a single 100-foot pine tree with a diameter of 30 inches (76cm) could weigh up to 18,500lbs (8,391kg)! It’s no wonder these trees are so resilient and indestructible!

There are many species of pine but only a few can grow up to become 100-feet tall. A 100-foot pine tree with a 30 inch (76cm) diameter can weigh up to 18,500lbs or 8,391kg.

How much does a dead tree weigh?

A dead tree is a tree that has already died but usually remains standing for a long time after its death. It will shed its leaves and may gradually drop its branches over a period of time. A dead tree that remains standing will weigh almost the same as it did when it was alive (excluding the weight of its leaves).

The main difference is that dead trees do not absorb water from the Earth. The decreased water content would reduce their weight from what it was when they were alive.

As trees have different capacities of water retention, the decrease in weight may be fast for some trees and slower for others.

For example, A Red Oak tree weighs around 60lbs per cubic foot (961kg per cubic meter) when it is alive. When it is dead, the same tree can weigh 45lbs per cubic foot (720kg per cubic meter).

How much does a 25-foot telephone pole weigh?

When you think about it, telephone poles are pretty much industrial trees, aren’t they? They are also the only tall, tree-like structure we are likely to see near trees. You have probably used them as a standard measure to guess the height of a tree. We know that most of them are more or less 25 feet in height but do you know how much they weigh? They are much heavier than they look with the average 25-foot telephone pole weighing from 500lbs to 750lbs (227kg to 340kg)!

The weight of a telephone pole will depend on its material and height. The average 25-foot telephone pole can have a weight in the range of 500lbs to 750lbs (227kg to 340kg).

How much weight do leaves add to a tree?

Leaves are more complicated than they seem. The leaves of one tree can be significantly different from the leaves of another. A tree will also weigh differently when its leaves are dry compared to when they are wet. You may be familiar with an oak tree so let’s take that as an example. The average mature oak tree may have around 200,000 leaves with 360 dry leaves weighing one pound (0.45kg). That would mean that a mature oak tree has leaves weighing an estimated total of 550lbs or 250kg!

Different leaves carry different weights. Different trees have different amounts of leaves on them. The average mature oak tree may have 550lbs or 250kg of its total weight in leaves.

Frequently Asked Questions:

This article is to answer the most common curiosities about the weight of a tree but we know you may still have a few burning questions! We are going to answer a few of the most recurrent questions below and we hope that you will find yours among them.

What is the lightest tree in the world?

On the other end of the spectrum from the General Sherman, we have the Balsa tree. Though there is currently no official record for the lightest tree in the world, the Balsa tree is renowned for its light wood. In fact, the Balsa wood is considered to be the lightest and softest wood that is commercially sold.

What is the weight of a tree log?

The weight of the tree log depends on its volume and density. The average estimated weight for a one-foot log with a 10-inch diameter is 29lbs (13kg) for a beech tree, 25lbs (11kg) for a maple tree, 40lbs (18kg) for an oak tree, 33lbs (15kg) for a pecan tree, and 20lbs (9kg) for a white pine tree.

Which tree has the heaviest wood?

The Black Ironwood is the heaviest commercially sold wood and weighs an average of 84.5lbs per cubic foot or 1,355kg per cubic meter.

Which tree has the heaviest leaves?

The largest and heaviest leaves belong to a species of the Raffia Palm called the Raphia Regalis. A single leaf can span up to 80 feet (24 meters) in length and 10 feet (3 meters) in width!


Trees are magnificent orgamisms and are among the most complex living things to study. As simple as they may be in appearance, they can be challenging to understand. We hope that this article taught you something new about the weight of trees. Perhaps it even encouraged you to try out your own tree-weighing activities!

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