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Tawau Hills Parks :

Fascinating features of Tawau Hills Park :
1) Wildlife spotting and night walks
2) Sulphur Spring
3) Bukit Gelas Waterfall
4) 2nd Tallest tropical tree in the world


"We were surprised when the scientist told us that the world's tallest tropical rainforest tree is here. To us it is like a treasure to Tawau. Even though some years ago, this area was known as a logging district, we still have a treasure for future generations"  Tawau Hills Park manager Ariffin Johari told BERNAMA on 6th August 2010


Greg Asner of the Carnegie Airborne Observatory (CAO) revealed the new record holder in November 2016 during his keynote speech at the 2016 International Heart of Borneo Conference.


Tallest Tropical Trees Discovered In Borneo:
Tawau Hills Park trees to be replaced by geothermal plant :

The 2nd tallest Tropical Tree in the world

English Name : Dipterocarpus spec
Scientific Name : Shorea faguetiana
Height : 88.33 m
Location : Tawau Hills Park, Sabah

Tawau Hills park has one of the tallest tropical trees in the world according to the measurements made by American scientists this January 2007.

Lowland tropical rain forests used to cover vast areas in the Amazon region, central Africa, and the Far East. Today this rain forests have been greatly reduced since the dawn of civilization.
More about this Tall Tree in Malaysia (Also the 2nd tallest Tropical Tree in the World)

More about this Tallest Tree in Malaysia

The trial is 500 meters from the junction of main trail to Hot Spring. And this junction is about 400 meters from the main park entrance (ticket counter) at the road side.

The walk takes about 30 minutes one way. Map is available for tourists at the ticket counter (if you ask). The 900m trek to the tallest tree is easy for most adults and children. Visitors usually track further to Gelas Water fall or Hot Spring after this tall tree.

"Pokok Gergassi Tawau". It is an 88.1 m Shorea faguetiana (Dipterocapaceae) tree. Tom Greenwood, Brett Mifsud and Roman Dial measured it with a tape drop in  September 2005.

There are many other huge and beautiful trees in the park other then this second tallest known tropical tree in the world.

On the journey to the park you see plantations with endless oil palm tree. Less then 100 year ago these plantations we see today were once original jungle since ancient time with majestic trees. The ecology is forever people  in authority thirsty of money.

During rain seasons do expect some blood sucking leeches!
Leeches is a reason why many amazing nature parks like this are not favourite places of certain tourists.


"...the world's tallest documented tropical tree,
"Pokok Gergassi Tawau".
It is an 88.1 m Shorea faguetiana (Dipterocapaceae).... "

Photo (by Brett Mifsud) of the world's tallest documented tropical tree, "Pokok Gergassi Tawau". It is an 88.1 m Shorea faguetiana (Dipterocapaceae). Tom Greenwood, Brett Mifsud and I measured it with a tape drop in Sabah, Malaysia September 2005. Pictured are James Aldred on the left and Roman Dial on the right.

The tallest trees we found less than 2 km away in Tawau Hill Park, a 27,000 hectare Sabah State Park that was established in a sea of oil and cocao plantations to protect the water supply there.
Most of it has been selectively logged, but we found a small 1 or 2 hectare patch with 5 trees of four different species that each reached over 80 m. We think there is a 90 m tree in there and **know** there's one very close to that:).........
Tawau has very tall trees and is known to historically have had the tallest trees due to the basalt soils there, which are very rare for Borneo. These soils make Tawau the richest palm oil producing region in Sabah, the state which is the richest oil palm producer in Malaysia, which is apparently the best oil palm producing country in the world.

Roman Dial
Sep 26, 2005 22:33 PDT


The Eastern Native Tree Society
ENTS is a cyberspace interest group devoted to the documentation and celebration of trees and forests of the eastern North America and around the world............

Tallest trees of the world as in 2007
(information a.o. Van Pelt, literature 21 en
Giant Trees of TasmaniŽ)

  English name Scientific Tallest known living  Location
1 Coast Redwood Sequoia sempervirens 1.  115.55 m 
     (Chris Atkins, Michael Taylor,
      26 Augustus 2006,

2.  114.34 m 
     (Atkins, Taylor, Sillet, Van
       Pelt, 7 juli 2006, "Helios")

3.   113.11 m 
      (Atkins, Taylor, Sillet, Van
        Pelt, 7 juli 2006, "Icarus")

4.   112.87 m  (Steve Sillet, 2004, "Stratosphere giant")

California, USA
2 Douglas Fir Pseudotsuga menziesii 100.3 m ("Brummit Fir") Oregon, USA
3 Eucalyptus: Mountain Ash Eucalyptus regnans 97 m (Andromeda forest) Tasmania,
4 Sitka Spruce Picea sitchensis 96.7 m Vancouver Island
5 Giant Sequoia Sequoiadendron giganteum 94.9 m California,USA
6 Eucalyptus: Blue Gum Eucalyptus globulus 90.75 m (2005) Tasmania,
7 Noble fir Abies procera 89.9 m (91 m?) Washington,
8 Eucalyptus: Manna Gum Eucalyptus viminalis 89.0 m Tasmania,
9 Eucalyptus: Alpine Ash Eucalyptus delegatensis 88.7 m Tasmania,
10 Dipterocarpus spec Shorea faguetiana 88.33 m (Roman Dial 2007) Tawau Hills Park, Gergassi Ridge, Borneo
11 Tualang (also called Tapang and Menggaris) KoŲmpassia excelsa
85.76 m (Roman Dial 2007) Tawau Hills Park, Mengaris Knob, Borneo
12   Eucalyptus diversicolor 85.0 m  West Australia
13 Dipterocarpus spec Shorea argentifolia 84.85 m (Roman Dial 2007) Tawau Hills Park, Gaharu Ridge, Borneo
14 Dipterocarpus spec Shorea superba  84.41 m (Roman Dial 2007) Tawau Hills Park, Gergassi Ridge, Borneo
15 Eucalyptus: Shining Gum Eucalyptus nitens 84.4 m Tasmania,
16 Dipterocarpus spec Hopea nutans 82.82 m (Roman Dial 2007) Tawau Hills Park, Gaharu Ridge, Borneo
17 Dipterocarpus spec Shorea johorensis 82.39 m (Roman Dial 2007) Tawau Hills Park, Coco Park Boundary, Borneo
18 Dipterocarpus spec Shorea smithiana 82.27 m (Roman Dial 2007) Tawau Hills Park, Coco Park Boundary, Borneo
20 Sugar Pine Pinus lambertiana 81.7 m Yosimite N.P. California, USA
21 Grand Fir Abies grandis 81.4 m  CaliforniŽ,USA
22 Dipterocarpus spec Shorea gibbosa  81.1 m (Roman Dial,2007) Tawau Hills Park, River Flats, Borneo
23 Eucalyptus: Karri Eucalyptus diversicolor 80.5 West Australia
24 Ponderosa Pine Pinus ponderosa 79.9 m California, USA
25 Western Hemlock Tsuga heterophylla 76.2+ m California,USA
26 Dipterocarpus spec Dryobalanops aromatica  76.2 m (Al Carder, 2005) Malaisia
27   Dyera costulata (Apocynacea) 76.2 m (Al Carder, 2005) Malaisia
28 Eucalyptus Eucalyptus deglupta 78 m (Al Carder, 2005) Malaisia
29 Dipterocarpus spec Parashorea malaanonan  72.8 m Danum Valley
Sabah, Borneo
30 Lawson Cypress Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 72.5 m Oregon, USA
31 Nordmann Fir Abies nordmaniana 68.6 m (mogelijk 78 m) Kaukasus, Russia
32 Dipterocarpus spec Shorea leprosula  66.0 m Danum Valley Sabah, Borneo
33 Dipterocarpus spec Cotylelobium melanoxylon 64 m Brunei, Borneo

Tawau Hills Park trees to be replaced by geothermal plant

......Sabah Forestry Department director Datuk Sam Mannan said the clearing and extraction of 1,639 logs was for the geothermal plant project site located in Sabahís east coast........ the state had received some RM340,000 in royalties from the timber extracted from the area......


The tall tree of Babanga Forest Reserve in Bandar Sri Indah
The tall tree of Babanga Forest Reserve in Bandar Sri Indah
Tawau 19 Km

Bandar Sri Indah is in the close vicinities of the Membelua Forest Reserve and Babanga Forest Reserve. Many tall tropical trees can be seen at Bandar Sri Indah

8,000 Flame of the Forest (Delomix Regia)
Mr. Pang the seedling cultivator of 8,000 Flame of the Forest (Delomix Regia) trees along the highway from Mile 4 Apas Road up to the Tawau Airport by 2017

More about Flame of the Forest (Delonix regia)  鳳凰木 in Tawau

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