The coast redwood is one of the world’s
fastest growing conifers, as well as the tallest living species
of tree on Earth. Some trees have been measured at over 375 feet
tall, and more than a dozen trees over 360 feet in height are
now growing along the coast of California! The reason that
allows redwoods to grow so tall is unknown. Perhaps it is
because they simply live long enough to do so. Stephen Veirs’s
explanation is that some redwoods have “the genetic capacity and
environmental opportunity” to grow to these heights. Whatever
the reason is that allows for the redwood’s incredible height,
the species’ evolutionary survival does not seem to depend on
The world's tallest tree, 379.1 feet tall, was discovered in 2006 in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. That's almost six stories taller than the Statue of Liberty!
*Videos about the tallest tree found in Redwood National Park Part 1 and Part 2
Biomass accumulates to record levels. A redwood stand in Humboldt State Park in California provides the greatest biomass ever recorded, with a stem biomass of 1,544 tons/acre!!!
The oldest confirmed redwood tree is at least 2,200 years of age, but foresters believe that some may be much older!
Close ancestors of the coast redwoods date all the way back to the time of the dinosaurs - - more than 100 million years ago!
Coast redwoods are able to grow from only a seed to 100 feet tall in only 50 years! Some of these trees can grow 6 whole feet in only one year.
The average diameter of the largest living coast redwood is over 20 feet!
It would take 125,000 coast redwood seeds just to make a pound!
Scenes from Star Wars "Return of the Jedi" were filmed in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. In addition, parts of "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" were filmed in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Patrick's Point State Park, and Fern Canyon.
Sequoia sempervirens is the state tree of California.
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