at Lady Bird Johnson Grove
flat on twig, angled forward
Cones: 1" long, thick woody
Brown, thick, soft, deep furrows
Southern Oregon Coast
are flat and lie flat on the twig like Grand
Fir. But unlike Grand Fir,
they point forward at an angle. They are dark green on top with white
egg-shaped cones look like miniature Giant Sequoia cones. They are
hard and woody with scales that look like
bark is thick with deep furrows and has a ragged look. It's quite soft
to the touch, especially when wet.
it grows: In Oregon,
Redwoods grow only on the extreme southern
coast near Brookings. The northern-most sites are in two groves
along the Chetco River. Redwoods extend to the central California coast
and typically range to 1000 ft. elevation, occasionally to 3000 ft.
The wood is
light, strong, and resists decay. Its beauty and color make it a
favorite for siding, decking, fencing, and lawn furniture.
is named after Squoyah, a Cherikee Indian who created a writing
system for the Cherikee language. Sempervirens
means evergreen. Other common names: Coast Redwood, California Redwood.
The iconic Redwood has a
reputation for grandeur that is
well-deserved. The world's tallest tree is a 379 ft. Redwood named
Hyperion, discovered in 2006 in Redwood National Park. Redwoods
reach maturity at 500 years. The oldest is over 2500 years