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Mike's Blog - Day 186

We had Dawn Redwood the other day, (Day 167). That was Metasequoia from China. Today it’s the turn for Coast or Californian Redwood, Sequoia sempervirens in our North American arboretum.

Here is its bark.

And here are its leaves.

Some of these trees are getting quite big now, and some that we planted in 2003/4 are outgrowing their pens. Unlike the deciduous Dawn Redwood, these are evergreen hence “sempervirens” meaning “always flourishing or vigorous”. They can live for more than 1,000 years - there are some references that say as much as 1,800 years. Also, they can reach over 100 meters in height. By comparison, Durham Cathedral tower is 66m and our monkey puzzle is 21m.

The name Sequoia is apparently derived from a native American, Sequoyah, who developed the Cherokee syllabary which is still used and taught today.