Sequoiadendron giganteum at Bute Park

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Sequoiadendron giganteum
early August 2016

Grid reference ST 17194 77913
Common name Wellingtonia
Common name Giant redwood
Common name Sierra redwood
Common name Giant sequoia
Origin California
Deciduous No
Tag 3815
Height 25M August 2016
Girth 472cm August 2016
Reference 461

This tree is in the Blackweir woodland north, one of a group of Sequoiadendron giganteum to the east of the path to Blackweir Bridge.

Sequoiadendron giganteum bark

Sequoiadendron giganteum bark
early August 2016

Sequoiadendron giganteum foliage

Sequoiadendron giganteum foliage
early August 2016

General tree description

Giant sequoias are the world's largest single trees. They can grow to 50 to 85 metres in height and 6 to 8 metres in diameter. Sequoia bark is typically reddish-brown and spongy, and the trunk has a wide base. On mature trees the lower branches droop and the tips curve upwards. The leaves are evergreen, awl-shaped, 3 to 6 millimetres long, and arranged spirally on the shoots. Seed cones are 4 to 7 centimetres long and consist of 30 to 50 spirally arranged scales, with several seeds on each scale. The seed is dark brown, 4 to 5 millimetres long and 1 millimetre broad, with a 1 millimetre wide, yellow-brown wing along each side.