Wound up surrounded by some small redwood trees today. Redwoods are one of my favorite trees. I love walking through a forest of them because it feels like a different planet.
Officially, the oldest living coast redwood is at least 2,200 years old, but foresters believe some coast redwoods may be much older. *
Coast redwood trees can grow to 300 feet or more—the tallest tree on Earth. Right now, there are about 50 redwood trees taller than 360 feet living along the Pacific Coast. Compare that to the tallest pine tree at 268 feet, the tallest tanoak at 162 feet or the tallest human at a mere 8 feet 3 inches. Yet their root system is only 6 to 12 feet deep. Redwoods create the strength to withstand powerful winds and floods by extending their roots more than 50 feet from the trunk and living in groves where their roots can intertwine. Redwoods are quite an armful to hug, too—8 to 20 feet in diameter.