Sequoia sempervirens

Also known as the California redwood. Several grow in our yard. The Ogre snuggled up to one them this morning.

From Wikipedia: Sequoia sempervirens is the sole living species of the genus Sequoia in the cypress family Cupressaceae (formerly treated in Taxodiaceae). Common names include coast redwood, coastal redwood and California redwood. It is an evergreen, long-lived, monoecious tree living 1,200ā€“1,800 years or more. This species includes the tallest living trees on Earth, reaching up to 379 feet (115.5 m) in height (without the roots) and up to 29.2 feet (8.9 m) in diameter at breast height (dbh). These trees are also among the oldest living things on Earth. Before commercial logging and clearing began by the 1850s, this massive tree occurred naturally in an estimated 2,100,000 acres (850,000 ha) along much of coastal California (excluding southern California where rainfall is not sufficient) and the southwestern corner of coastal Oregon within the United States.

In our yard, looking up:

They call me Old Grumble-Face. I have no idea why they do that....

6 response to "Sequoia sempervirens"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 8, 2019

    Nice photo! Those are some tall trees!
    The bark makes a great photo too.
    So. . . . . Redwoods and Sequoias are related but not exactly the same?

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: August 8, 2019

      Same subfamily, but different genus. Confusing because the trees called “redwoods” (the tall ones) are from the genus Sequoia, but the trees called “sequoias” (the “big” ones) aren’t.

      “Sequoias” — found in the Sierra Nevada mountains
      Popularly called giant sequoia, giant redwood, Sierra redwood, Sierran redwood
      Kingdom: Plantae
      Division: Pinophyta
      Class: Pinopsida
      Order: Pinales
      Family: Cupressaceae
      Subfamily: Sequoioideae
      Genus: Sequoiadendron
      Species: S. giganteum

      “Redwoods” — found mostly near the coast
      Popularly called coast redwood, coastal redwood, California redwood
      Kingdom: Plantae
      Division: Pinophyta
      Class: Pinopsida
      Order: Pinales
      Family: Cupressaceae
      Subfamily: Sequoioideae
      Genus: Sequoia
      Species: S. sempervirens

      My interpretation of research conducted exclusively at Wikipedia šŸ™‚

      • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 9, 2019

        Thanks for the info — yes it is confusing.
        I honestly thought they were two entirely different type of trees.
        (Illinois State called, they want their diploma back) šŸ™‚

  2. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: August 9, 2019

    A magnificent tree for sure, hope they can’t topple over and squish your house.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: August 9, 2019

      They’re pretty sturdy. We worry more about earthquakes, wildfires, landslides, rising sea levels, and shortages of chardonnay. šŸ˜‰

  3. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: August 11, 2019

    Can’t get enough of redwoods and sequoias.

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