Sequoiadendron giganteum #2 at Roath Park Pleasure Garden

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Sequoiadendron giganteum
November 2018

Grid reference ST 18662 78695
Common name Wellingtonia
Common name Giant redwood
Common name Sierra redwood
Common name Giant sequoia
Origin California
Deciduous No
Height 22M November 2018
Girth 239cm November 2018
Reference 573

This tree was originally from Thornhill Cemetery. It was transported to the Pleasure Garden, bare-rooted on an open truck, mid-winter c.1998, when it was about 2M high.

Sequoiadendron giganteum bark

Sequoiadendron giganteum bark
November 2018

Sequoiadendron giganteum foliage

Sequoiadendron giganteum foliage
mid November 2018

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.