The seed cones are 4–7 cm (1 1⁄2–3 in) long and mature in 18–20 months, though they typically remain green and closed for as long as 20 years. the years. The seeds are flat, about the size of a pinhead, and are feet, it begins to broaden out, develop large lateral limbs, and shed but soon weathers to a dark chocolate brown. The needles are small, overlapping and shaped like awls. Pollen cones with 12-20 sporophylls, each sporophyll with 2-5 pollen sacs. roots reach the needles, and an interruption of the conduction system The wood of the giant sequoia is distinct from that cypress of our Southern States and the cryptomeria of Japan. The reason for this Trees are pyramid-shaped and produce reddish-brown oval cones. about one-half inch long and extends outward from the axis of the stem [19], Giant sequoias are in many ways adapted to forest fires. The genus sequoiadendron can be traced to the Triassic Period of 200 million years ago. The cones also droop down in large numbers. Groves range in size from 12.4 km2 (3,100 acres) with 20,000 mature trees, to small groves with only six living trees. [37][38], An avenue of 218 giant sequoias was planted in 1865 near the town of Camberley, Surrey, England. Giant sequoias can only grow along a narrow, 260-mile strip on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains, between 5,000 and 7,000 feet. The best site to see Giant Redwoods in New Zealand is at Rotorua. or interruption of the water supply, deficient soil nutrients, and root burned or broken out, but no sequoia is known to have been killed by develop into dense stands of vigorous trees. Seed cones maturing and opening in 2 years, persistent to 20 years, oblong; scales persistent, 25-45, valvate, ± peltate, thick and woody. The name Washingtonia californica was also applied to it by Winslow in 1854, though this too is invalid, belonging to the palm genus Washingtonia. Giant sequoia is an evergreen tree, reaching up to 100 feet tall and 50 feet wide. The oldest known giant sequoia is 3,200–3,266 years old based on dendrochronology. They grow to an average height of 50-85 m (150-280 ft) and 5-7 m (16-23 ft) in diameter. the lower branches. This grove is not to be confused with the Black Mountain Grove in the southern Sierra. [citation needed] However, as of 2009, the top ten largest giant sequoias sorted by volume of their trunks are:[7][note 1], This article is about the species commonly called "giant sequoia" Sequoias, or Giant Redwood. The bark is red and spongy and the trees are massive. After a few days, you will see the first real leaves show up in the centre. —The giant sequoia is the largest tree in the world in volume and has an immense trunk with very slight taper; the redwood is the world's tallest tree and has a slender trunk. houses), most of this is lost in logging or is of too poor a quality to [3] The common use of the name sequoia usually refers to Sequoiadendron giganteum, which occurs naturally only in groves on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. The giant sequoias were rediscovered in 2008 by botanist Rudolf Schmid and his daughter Mena Schmidt while hiking on Black Mountain Trail through Hall Canyon. In: IUCN 2013. [12] The leaves are evergreen, awl-shaped, 3–6 mm (1⁄8–1⁄4 in) long, and arranged spirally on the shoots. One can merely speculate on the vast numbers of seeds produced by and about 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 inches long and three-fourths to 1 inch in They are strikingly beautiful in nature as well as in cultivation. [24] This discovery was not publicized. The giant sequoia was first brought into cultivation in Britain in 1853 by the horticulturist Patrick Matthew of Perthshire from seeds sent by his botanist son John in California. Redwoods once grew throughout the Northern Hemisphere. When a tree finally does topple over, the roots are generally “A mature Giant Sequoia can use 500-800 gallons of water every day during the summer,” said Anthony Ambrose, a tree biologist at U.C. Many are protected in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and Giant Sequoia National Monument. The Giant Sequoia has scale-like leaves (with sharp points) that coat downward-hanging shoots. Many sequoias have been struck by lightning and tops are occasionally and the redwood (Sequoia sempervirens Endl.) The measurements are, This table presents giant sequoias sorted by the volume of their. One in Poland has purportedly survived temperatures down to −37 Â°C (−35 Â°F) with heavy snow cover. Jubilee Park and the Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve in Daylesford, Cook Park in Orange, New South Wales and Carisbrook's Deep Creek park in Victoria both have specimens. The Giant Sequoia is the largest of all trees in bulk and the most massive living things by volume. First of all, it depends what part of the giant sequoia tree is turning brown. The giant sequoia was well known to Native American tribes living in its area. Bryan G Bowes. He also realized that coincidentally the genus could be described in Latin as sequi (meaning to follow) because the number of seeds per cone in the newly-classified genus aligned in mathematical sequence with the other four genera in the suborder. Woody structure. The third largest tree by volume is The President, which is also in the Park. The foliage is dense, prickly, with gray-green leaves. Flower: Species is monoecious; males egg-shaped and very numerous in spring; females egg-shaped, yellowish. immense limbs and large tufts of foliage. Redwoods can also be found near Lake Rotokakahi (the Green Lake) and in various other spots within the forest. Usage License: [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons. On this image, the baby giant sequoia is a week and a half old. The specimen known to have the greatest diameter at breast height is the General Grant tree at 8.8 m (28.9 ft). Giant redwoods can live for up to **2,000 years. Giant sequoia trees are among the oldest trees in the world. At one time a considerable volume of lumber was First of all obviously it takes quite a long time for a tree to grow hundreds of feet tall, but even old trees seem to hit their height limits early in landscapes. until the tree is several hundred years old. satisfactory for most purposes. The well-known truth that "mighty oaks from interest to the bark. They are usually more than 20 feet in diameter and up to 35 feet across. long by one-fourth inch wide. It grows only on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains in the U.S. state of California. The poet Wendell Berry said: “Ask the questions that have no answers. The bark of the giant sequoia is one of its most Besides these attempts at tree farming, the principal economic uses for giant sequoia today are tourism and horticulture. Giant sequoia bark is fibrous, furrowed, and may be 90 cm (3 ft) thick at the base of the columnar trunk. Giant sequoia trees are often found in large lawns or other open areas. Sequoias themselves. (February or March) while deep snow is still on the ground. The first reference to the giant sequoia by Europeans is in 1833, in the diary of the explorer J. K. Leonard; the reference does not mention any locality, but his route would have taken him through the Calaveras Grove. other destructive agents eliminate the older trees and expose the p 586. display large fire scars at their bases. One young tree in Italy reached 22 m (72 ft) tall and 88 cm (2.89 ft) trunk diameter in 17 years (Mitchell, 1972). Noteworthy Characteristics. The drawing on the right shows a typical 120 to 150 years old planted specimen. The first, careful steps in the life of a beautiful and fascinating tree, that is likely to become a giant … The oldest known redwood fossils date back more than 200 million years to the Jurassic period. There is also a very large tree at Rangiora High School, which was planted for Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee and is thus over 130 years old. It is The cone buds form during late summer. But it’s probably the life they’ll get, and that leaves me hopeless. The small volume still produced is similar to, It has 2 billion leaves, 27 feet wide trunk and stands 247 feet tall. The wood from immature trees is less brittle, with recent tests on young plantation-grown trees showing it similar to coast redwood wood in quality. forests one may note occasional seedlings and trees of all ages from THE DEATH OF TWO SEQUOIAS LED TO THE BIRTH OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. Twigs teem with leaves growing long and … Timber Press 2009. Higher up on the The trees have since been surrounded by modern real estate development. It is the only living member of its genera. [41], Twenty-nine giant sequoias, measuring around 30 m (98 ft) in height, grow in Belgrade's municipality of Lazarevac in Serbia.[42]. The Dawn Redwood, the Coast Redwood and the Giant Sequoia (sometimes called the Sierra Redwood) are all related. It was a reasonably common species in North American and Eurasian coniferous forests until its range was … survive, and grow into a mature tree are less than one in a billion, In 1970, the National Park Service began controlled burns of its groves to correct these problems. When the pollen is used on the leaf blocks of a Coast Sequoia tree, then those pollinated leaf blocks broken with a Grafter, there is a chance of getting a Giant Sequoia sapling. Cones and seed.—The cones and seed of the giant sequoia are about three times the size of those produced by the redwood. The giant sequoia's leaf pores, or stomata, on the surface and undersides of upper crown leaves provide ample opportunity for the vapor to … I see that this question was asked in September and hopefully it did not die. ground. It is a beautiful red brown, is of a soft fibrous are the last When the tree reaches its normal maximum height of 250 to 300 While the General Sherman is the largest currently living tree, it is not the largest historically recorded tree. [8] Between 2014 and 2016, specimens of coast redwood were found to have greater trunk diameters than all known giant sequoias. The sapwood forms a pale yellow narrow band beneath Growth further northeast in Europe is limited by winter cold. There are also several in private gardens in Wanaka. bright yellow blossoms burst forth in a solid mass and change the color The foliage is dense, prickly, with gray-green leaves. Although the seeds can germinate in moist needle humus in the spring, these seedlings will die as the duff dries in the summer. Most giant sequoia groves are on granitic-based residual and alluvial soils. High levels of reproduction are not necessary to maintain the present population levels. Adult leaves mostly needlelike, triangular in cross section, somewhat divergent to strongly appressed; abaxial glands absent. The giant sequoia The Hume-Bennett Lumber Company was the last to harvest giant sequoia, going out of business in 1924. This tree regenerates primarily by its seed cones that have 30-50 spirally arranged scales containing a total of 230 seeds per cone. survives it continues to develop large numbers of cones and fertile of the crown from deep green to golden for a short time. 2013. The tiny, The tree was accidentally sent to the near by florist. How drought is impacting giant sequoia trees 05:23 Today in our Eye on Earth series, we are walking among giants – the huge sequoia groves of California that draw millions of tourists a year. Manson Publishing 2010. the trunk in every direction for a hundred feet or more, and the feeding [5] An etymological study published in 2012, however, concluded that the name was more likely to have originated from the Latin sequi (meaning to follow) since the number of seeds per cone in the newly-classified genus fell in mathematical sequence with the other four genera in the suborder.[6]. relatively small for such a gigantic trunk. This is resulting in some interest in cultivating giant sequoia as a very high-yielding timber crop tree, both in California and also in parts of western Europe, where it may grow more efficiently than coast redwoods. The giant sequoia is usually found in a humid climate characterized by dry summers and snowy winters. When fully grown, these trees typically require large amounts of water and are therefore often concentrated near streams. Picture of Giant Sequoia Tree Foliage Leaves (Sequoiadendron giganteum) Photo By Willow. In addition to fire, two animal agents also assist giant sequoia seed release. pp 48-49. [28] Due to their weight and brittleness, trees would often shatter when they hit the ground, wasting much of the wood. Leaves blue green, scale-like, sharp pointed (awl-shaped), on cord-like branchlets, crowded and overlapping in three longitudinal rows, 3-6 mm long on leaders. [51] They also grow in the abandoned arboretum at Mount Banda Banda in New South Wales. Only two other species of trees closely resemble them—the bald Meet “The President” – a giant tree in Nevada’s Sequoia National Park. The trunks of older trees often show little This clone was the sole survivor of several hundred seedlings grown at a nursery in New Jersey. and is sold as, redwood, but it is coarser grained and generally less They grow to an average height of 50–85 m (164–279 ft) with trunk diameters ranging from 6–8 m (20–26 ft). sequoias is the frequent occurrence of dead tops. The cones are green or brownish in color, egg-shaped, The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London also contains a large specimen. nature, and is fluted in long vertical plates which give the tree a Forest fires are a high risk for seedlings and saplings. Older fossil specimens reliably identified as giant sequoia have been found in Cretaceous era sediments from a number of sites in North America and Europe, and even as far afield as New Zealand[15] and Australia. It is interesting to Giant sequoias are rare trees. [10][11] Giant sequoias are among the oldest living organisms on Earth. A grove of about sixteen Redwood trees of varying ages is in Sheldon Park in the Belfast, New Zealand suburb. seems all I can say. The leaves are evergreen and arranged spirally on the shoots. Identifying the Trunk and Bark of Redwoods Look at the tree from afar to notice its trunk shape. Some of the seeds that are not shed immediately may remain A deep forest duff, heavy shade, and severe root The volume measurements also do not take cavities into account. Giant sequoias are rare trees. The suppression of fires leads to ground fuel build-up and the dense growth of fire-sensitive white fir, which increases the risk of more intense fires that can use the firs as ladders to threaten mature giant sequoia crowns. Hundreds of feet above the ground, atop a giant sequoia tree, as many as 2 billion leaves vie for resources. supplies through changed water courses, increased root competition from Giant sequoia is an evergreen tree, reaching up to 100 feet tall and 50 feet wide. [45] Specimens also grow in the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, Massachusetts (planted 1972, 18 m tall in 1998), at Longwood Gardens near Wilmington, Delaware, in the New Jersey State Botanical Garden at Skylands in Ringwood State Park, Ringwood, New Jersey, and in the Finger Lakes region of New York. youth to veteran. other trees, or perhaps a decreasing ability of older root systems to Reduction of the vascular water supply to the cone scales allows the cones to dry and open for the seeds to fall. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. of other conifers. On average, their height is between 164 and 279 feet tall with a diameter between 20 to 26 feet. The annual growth rings are THE GIANT SEQUOIA (Sequoia gigantea [Lindl.] Giant sequoias may live between 2,000 and 3,000 years and grow to an oval pyramidal shape, often reaching heights of 250 feet and trunk diameters of 15 feet in their native range. Clouds of Individual leaves are not shed, but whole The cones also droop down in large numbers. The leaves look much like needles, but they are not as sharp as other evergreen trees. They are most famously found in the protected parks of The Golden State, where the giant sequoia serves as one of the state trees. SequoiaTrees.com is an online nursery and retail e-commerce store powered by The Jonsteen Company, a California-based tree company specializing in Giant Sequoia and Coast Redwood tree growing.. may result in serious shortages. Water from the roots can be pushed up only a few meters by osmotic pressure but can reach extreme heights by using large negative pressures[citation needed] in the tree's xylem (the water tubules) and sub-pressure from evaporating water at the leaves. The other agent is the Douglas squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasi) that gnaws on the fleshy green scales of younger cones. Giant sequoias can only grow along a narrow, 260-mile strip on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains, between 5,000 and 7,000 feet. Cone production is greatest in the upper portion of the canopy. In youth, the sequoia has a tall slender trunk and a Trees and Forests, a colour guide. But if you limit the pool to single-trunked trees, the giant sequoia takes the cake. The giganteum is the only surviving member of the sequoiadendron genus. In Denmark, where extreme winters can reach −32 Â°C (−26 Â°F), the largest tree was 35 m (115 ft) tall and 1.7 m (5.6 ft) diameter in 1976 and is bigger today. The U.S. National Arboretum has a specimen grown from a cutting in 1970 that can be seen in the Gotelli Conifer Collection. Several regions contain specimens that range from 40 to 48 metres (131 to 157 ft) in height. destruction of the sapwood by fire near the base of the tree, since this [citation needed] Squirrels, chipmunks, finches and sparrows consume the freshly sprouted seedlings, preventing their growth.[21]. Endlicher thus coined the name "Sequoia" as both a description of the tree's genus and an honor to the indigenous man he admired.[6]. Symptom of Brown Tips on the Lower Branches of a Young Sequoia Tree. One of these untamed burns severely damaged the second-largest tree in the world, the Washington tree, in September 2003, 45 days after the fire started. The etymology of the genus name has been presumed—initially in The Yosemite Book by Josiah Whitney in 1868[4]—to be in honor of Sequoyah (1767–1843), who was the inventor of the Cherokee syllabary. distinctly visible, except in very old trees where more recent growth The evergreen foliage of the giant sequoia consists of scalelike, sharp-pointed leaves closely overlapping each other along the twig, somewhat similar to the junipers. I have seen this condition in trees up to five years old but never in older trees. Each bluish-green leaf is about one-half inch long and extends outward from the axis of the stem about one-fourth of an inch. A linguist and botanist, Endlicher corresponded with experts in the Cherokee language including Sequoyah, whom he admired. Young giant sequoias typically undergo color changes in the winter and early spring. A few rare giant sequoias have grown taller than 300 feet, but it is the sequoia’s giant girth that sets it apart. mineral soil large numbers of sequoia seedlings appear and quickly [26]. Lower branches die readily from being shaded, but trees younger than 100 years retain most of their dead branches. seeds. The giant sequoia is a huge evergreen tree . Each bluish-green leaf is The oldest sequoiadendron in the Czech Republic, at 44 m (144 ft), grows in Ratměřice u Votic castle garden. larger. Giant sequoias can grow to be about 30 feet (9 meters) in diameter and more than 250 feet (76 m) tall. This is a list of giant sequoia groves.All naturally occurring giant sequoia groves are located in the moist, unglaciated ridges and valleys of the western slope of the Sierra Nevada range in California, United States.They can be found at elevations between 1400 – 2400 meters (4593 – 7874 ft). phenomenon is not definitely known, but it is unlikely that all of these As the tree ages, its rapid growth, fire resistant bark, elevated canopies and self-pruned lower branches place mature trees at a … [49][50] The National Arboretum Canberra began a grove of Sequoiadendron giganteum in 2008. The oldest known giant sequoia is 3,200–3,266 years old, The etymology of the genus name has been presumed—initially in The Yosemite Book by Josiah Whitney in 1868[4]—to be in honor of Sequoyah (1767–1843), who was the inventor of the Cherokee syllabary. little acorns grow" is less astonishing than that of the sequoias' tiny The giant sequoia has uniformly scalelike or awl-shaped leaves that lie close against the branches and scaleless winter buds. Originally, sequoias could be found throughout the Northern Hemisphere.. twigs and sometimes even branches fall. They are similar to the cedar tree in their leaf pattern, although cedar leaves typically look flatter or more ironed down than sequoia leaves. Notable examples include a set of trees in a public park of Picton, as well as robust specimens in the public and botanical parks of Christchurch and Queenstown. may be so slight each year that the rings are almost microscopic in taper for 100 feet or more above the large buttresses at the base. Seeds are dark brown, 4–5 mm (0.16–0.20 in) long, and 1 mm (0.04 in) broad, with a 1-millimeter (0.04 in) wide, yellow-brown wing along each side. Decn.) The trunk has a wide base, and gets thinner aft… fertile in the cones for years, When the cones of the sequoia open, the The trees are nicely balanced, One Photo, 126 Frames, 2 Billion Leaves, 247 Feet : The Picture Show Those numbers represent one giant sequoia. Giant sequoia is a very popular ornamental tree in many areas. Some sequoias, such as the Mother of the Forest, were undoubtedly far larger than any living tree today. surviving species of the rather large genus Sequoia that grew The leaves of a Giant Redwood are broad and long. The tree has a large, relatively thin, conical crown. The upper branches are upright, while the lower ones are hanging down with upright tips. Trunk diameters of 17 m (56 ft) have been claimed via research figures taken out of context. Trunks of mature trees in groves are generally free of branches to a height of 20–50 m (70–160 ft), but solitary trees retain lower branches. Scientific Classification Kingdom Plantae Division Pinophyta Class Pinopsida Order Pinales Family Cupressaceae Subfamily Sequoioideae Genus Sequoiadendron Scientific Name Sequoiadendron … The roots extend out from [43][44] The tree at the Tyler Arboretum in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, at 29.1 metres (95 ft) may be the tallest in the northeast. Trees may produce sprouts from their stumps subsequent to injury, until about 20 years old; however, shoots do not form on the stumps of mature trees as they do on coast redwoods. In particular, its small cones are an excellent way to identify a Giant Redwood. The wood was used mainly for shingles and fence posts, or even for matchsticks. Growth rates in some areas of Europe are remarkable. The sequoia less than 70 years of age sometimes Tree leaf identification shows that this plant is a Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) tree. [9] The trunks of coast redwoods taper at lower heights than those of giant sequoias which have more columnar trunks that maintain larger diameters to greater heights. The Dawn Redwood, the Coast Redwood and the Giant Sequoia (sometimes called the Sierra Redwood) are all related. The forest was laid out by the city's designer Walter Burley Griffin, though the city's arborist, Thomas Charles Weston, advised against it. Perhaps many of the dead tops are traceable to partial The compact cones require two seasons to mature and open immediately following a wildfire. Nowhere does it grow in pure stands, although in a few small areas, stands do approach a pure condition. General Sherman is a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, in the U.S. state of California.By volume, it is the largest known living single-stem tree on Earth.. competition take such a large toll of the relatively few seeds which Practically all trees with dead tops Record trees have been measured at 94.8 m (311 ft) tall. such immense trees and the great loss as a result of logging breakage, Look for Narrow, grey-green, flat, lance-like leaves with prickly ends, forming round, rope-like foliage sprays of short, overlapping scale-like needles. [17][18], It was later discovered that the United States Forest Service had planted giant sequoias across Southern California. many years. In Washington and Oregon, it is common to find giant sequoias that have been successfully planted in both urban and rural areas. The two groves are located approximately 175 mi (282 km) southeast of the southernmost naturally occurring giant sequoia grove, Deer Creek Grove. The winged seeds may fly as far as 180 m (590 ft) from the parent tree. Dissolved in water, this substance makes a good purple writing impregnated with a soluble reddish resinous material. In 1907, it was placed by Carl Ernst Otto Kuntze in the otherwise fossil genus Steinhauera, but doubt as to whether the giant sequoia is related to the fossil originally so named makes this name invalid. The remaining southern groves are concentrated between the Kings River and the Deer Creek Grove in southern Tulare County. Outside its natural range, the foliage can suffer from damaging windburn. speculate upon the vast quantities of water and minerals that these No big surprise, but Giant Sequoias are only native to California. Opposite or alternate arrangement. over much of the Northern Hemisphere during ancient geological times. John Muir wrote of the species in about 1870: "Do behold the King in his glory, King Sequoia! Wintertime Discoloration of Giant Sequoia Seedlings. [20] The giant sequoias are having difficulty reproducing in their original habitat (and very rarely reproduce in cultivation) due to the seeds only being able to grow successfully in full sun and in mineral-rich soils, free from competing vegetation. [48], The Pialligo Redwood Forest consists of 3,000 surviving redwood specimens, of 122,000 planted, 500 meters east of the Canberra Airport. Monoecious - male and female cones on the same tree. of extinction through lack of reproduction, for whenever fire, wind, or The more significant of the two is a longhorn beetle (Phymatodes nitidus) that lays eggs on the cones, into which the larvae then bore holes. Fires also bring hot air high into the canopy via convection, which in turn dries and opens the cones. They are also very long-lived. In the northeastern US there has been some limited success in growing the species, but growth is much slower there, and it is prone to Cercospora and Kabatina fungal diseases due to the hot, humid summer climate there. The northern two-thirds of its range, from the American River in Placer County southward to the Kings River, has only eight disjunct groves. The giant sequoia has appressed, pointed, scale-like leaves that are usually blue green or gray green in color. Picture of Giant Sequoia tree (Sequoiadendron giganteum) Foliage and Leaves. The evergreen foliage of the giant sequoia consists of scalelike, sharp-pointed leaves closely overlapping each other along the twig, somewhat similar to the junipers. yellow pollen are released. A giant sequoia tree can live up to 3,000 years. [24] The tree found by Dowd, christened the 'Discovery Tree', was felled in 1853. Giant sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) are the largest trees on earth, according to … Where are such columns of sunshine, tangible, accessible, terrestrialized?' For the genus: "Trees giant, evergreen. After a few days, you will see the first real leaves show up in the centre. attractive features. ground, but sometimes a single root may grow out near the surface for as Hardy to USDA Zone 6 Native to California Sierra Nevada Mountains above 4,500 ft. A Giant Sequoia named General Sherman, located in Sequoia National Park, is by volume the largest known living single stem tree on Earth. The first scientific naming of the species was by John Lindley in December 1853, who named it Wellingtonia gigantea, without realizing this was an invalid name under the botanical code as the name Wellingtonia had already been used earlier for another unrelated plant (Wellingtonia arnottiana in the family Sabiaceae). Seeds 3-9 per scale, lenticular, subequally 2-winged; cotyledons (3-)4(-6). Habit: giant sequoias are the world’s largest trees in terms of total volume. THE DEATH OF TWO SEQUOIAS LED TO THE BIRTH OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. The sequoia flowers appear in the late winter As long as the tree A giant sequoia tree is a commitment. Trunk diameters of 17 m (56 ft) have been claimed via research figures taken out of context. produced from the giant sequoias but, owing to the difficulty of logging Sequoiadendron giganteum has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. Oh, also: The "President," as it's called, is more than 3,000 years old. The six hectare stand of Californian Redwoods is named the Redwood Memorial Grove and is protected from tree harvesting. diameter when fully grown, although exceptional specimens may be much injury have been observed to affect individual trees at various times. 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