South Africa now holds the records for the highest tree in Africa and the highest planted tree in the world. The saligna gum (Eucalyptus saligna) tree known as Fourth Kin in the Magoebaskloof state forest, measured at 83,7m, according to Leon Visser, an arborist who served on the Champion Tree Evaluation Panel of the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries. “Fourth Kin is now the tallest tree ever measured in Africa, and the tallest planted tree on the planet. Fourth Kin is a South African champion tree and was planted by forestry pioneer AK Eastwood in 1906. “Champion trees are individual trees that are important examples of their species because of their enormous size, great age, rarity or historical significance,” he explained. This article by Annelie Coleman first appeared in the Farmers Weekly.