About This Plant

Wellingtonia is a common name for Sequoiadendron giganteum, which is also known as the giant sequoia or giant redwood. It’s a massive tree species native to California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. These towering giants are part of the cypress family and can reach astonishing heights of up to 279 feet (85 meters) with massive trunks that can measure up to 26 feet (8 meters) in diameter. One of their remarkable features is their fire-resistant reddish-brown bark. Some giant sequoias are over 3,000 years old, making them iconic symbols of the natural world’s grandeur and the importance of preserving our planet’s valuable forests.

The Story

Leaf

The leaves are needle-like and arranged spirally on the branches. Each needle is flat, short, and about 1 to 1.5 centimetres long, with a pointed tip. The foliage has a bright green colour, and the arrangement of the needles creates a dense, feathery texture.

Produce

The cones of the giant sequoia are relatively small, about 1.5 to 3 inches in length, and are woody in texture. Each cone contains numerous seeds, and they mature over the course of several years. The cones remain closed on the tree for many years, only opening when exposed to heat, which allows the seeds to be released and dispersed.
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