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Sequoiadendron giganteum - Giant Redwood

Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Pinopsida - Order: Pinales - Family: Pinaceae

Giant redwood trees

Picture above by Sverrir Mirdsson/Wikipedia

In its native Sierra Nevada the Giant Redwood (also known as Wellingtonia) reaches a height of 80 metres and can live for 3000 years. Giant Redwoods weighing 2000 tonnes are not unknown.

This deep-rooting evergreen with its thick spongy red-brown bark, has been planted in Britain since 1853. Tree-creepers make good use of the sockets left as lower branches fall off.

The overlapping, sharp-pointed foliage is scale-like and quite different from that of the Coast Redwood.

Leaves of giant redwood