Reaching heights of over 100 meters, Californian sequoias tower over Earth’s other 60,000 tree species. But even these behemoths seem to have their limits: no sequoia on record has been able to grow taller than 130 meters. So what exactly is stopping these trees from growing taller, forever?
This TED-Ed tree primer by Valentin Hammoudi, directed by Doug Alberts, investigates the science with smart and adorable animated graphics: How tall can a tree grow?
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