Redwood

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Redwood
Redwood tree (Sequoideae)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pinophyta
Class: Pinopsida
Order: Pinales
Family: Cupressaceae
Genera

The redwood trees are a subfamily (Sequoioideae) in the family Cupressaceae, the cypress trees. There are three living genera in the subfamily. There were once more species of redwood trees, but most have become extinct.

These trees are pyrophytes, which means they have adapted to protect themselves from fire. Because fire is common in the regions where they grow, redwood trees have developed thick, fire-resistant bark. Their cones open only after a fire. Due to better fire control in modern times, these trees are endangered.

Redwood trees can grow to be very large. The largest species, Sequoiadendron giganteum, can reach up to 94.8 m tall and 17 m across. The tallest tree in the world is a Sequoia sempervirens named Hyperion. The largest tree in the world by volume is a Sequoiadendron giganteum named the General Sherman Tree, after William Tecumseh Sherman.

Range[change | change source]

California, USA[change | change source]

  • The native habitat of Sequoiadendron giganteum trees is only on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada range of California.
  • The native habitat of Sequoia sempervirens trees is only in the Northern California coastal forests ecoregion, on the Northern California coast and several miles into Oregon.

China[change | change source]

  • Metasequoia glyptostroboides trees are so rare they were thought to be extinct, until rediscovered by a Chinese forester in 1943. They were found on mountainous slopes in remote parts of the Hubei region of China.