redwood
Sequoia sempervirens

Redwood is generally believed to be the tallest tree species in the world. It grows in a high humidity climate, along the coast of northern California, and this partly accounts for its size and longevity. Redwood has high timber value. Redwood forests are also appreciated for their recreational value.

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Growth   Size

Timber Value

      Redwood is commonly used for lumber, poles, siding, furniture, veneer, and turning.


Wildlife Value
      Endangered marbled murrelets and northern spotted owls rely on redwood forests. Pileated woodpeckers often nest in both decayed and undecayed redwoods.
          Attracts: woodrats, other small mammals, elk, deer, woodpeckers, owls, marble murrelets

Regeneration methods
      Redwood's excellent shade tolerance and fast growth allow for successful regeneration by all methods. Redwood also stump sprouts prolifically. Small clearcuts (30-40 acres) are most commonly practiced.

Fun facts
Redwood is massive tree and one of the world's tallest. It grows very rapidly, possibly faster than any other tree. Redwood wood is of very high quality, straight grain, rot resistant and knot free. Virgin stands can be seen in the Redwood National Park. Trees can live for more than 2000 years.
Sequoia: after Sequoiah, son of a British merchant and Cherokee woman / sempervirens: Latin "semper" (always) and "vivere" (to live) - evergreen
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