Sequoiadendron giganteum #1 at Roath Park Pleasure Garden

Sequoiadendron giganteum 0

Sequoiadendron giganteum
March 2015

Grid reference ST 18832 78551
Common name Wellingtonia
Common name Giant redwood
Common name Sierra redwood
Common name Giant sequoia
Origin California
Deciduous No
Height 23M February 2015
Girth 533cm February 2015
Reference 108

This tree is on the east side of the brook beside Alder Road. This tree has been struck by lightning several times which has affected its growth.

Sequoiadendron giganteum bark

Sequoiadendron giganteum bark
March 2015

Sequoiadendron giganteum foliage

Sequoiadendron giganteum foliage
mid May 2015

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.