Sequoia sempervirens
Family: Coastal Redwood

The genus is named after Sequoia the talented son of a British trader and a Cherokee Indian woman. The tree is a native of California near Monterey, preferring coastal foggy conditions in its natural habitat. The tree prefers a cool moist environment with high humidity levels and sheltered conditions.

In the natural habitat this is an exceptionally tall tree with some recorded at 111m. Such heights are not likely to be reached under current climatic conditions anywhere in Australia, 25-30m is more likely. Overall a very tall conical shaped evergreen tree with a tapered trunk and featuring dark red fibrous bark. Branches tend to be pendulous and often when under stress will produce sprouts or suckers close to the trunk.

Considered to be one of the plant wonders of the world, as with its relative, Sequoiadendron.

Examples may be seen in Canberra at Redwood Park Fairburn, Ballarat Botanic Gardens and Mt Dandenong at Pirianda Gardens

Typical mature height: 25-30m in Melbourne

Useful in: parks and large avenues

Sites for best growth: sheltered conditions, summer moist soils