The Roosevelt Tree is 25.5 feet in diameter at the ground, nearly 22.5 feet diameter at chest height, and 260 feet tall. It was named after Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States. Ironically, it was discovered after the slightly smaller Hart Tree, just a hundred feet downhill from it, which at the time was the grove's most famous attraction. In the late 1920s, the Hart Tree was included in the Jourdan team's contest to determine the largest tree in Fresno and Tulare Counties.
At some point, a similar sequoia above the Hart Tree was noticed to be slightly larger than the more well-known champion Hart. Because some people mistook the Roosevelt Tree as the Hart Tree, its aka is False Hart. Thus began the confusion between the trees that still persists today; the last time we were in the area, the Roosevelt Tree's signage still misidentified it as the Hart Tree.