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Redwood Forest – Sequoia sempervirens

Standing along side these Redwood giants I am completely absorbed and astonished by them. The Redwood, Sequoia sempervirens, plantations were first established in the 1940s by the Board’s forest hydrology research program in Warburton, Victoria. With many other conifer species already found growing in the Cement Creek area the research team endeavoured to collect comparative data on each of the species.

Redwood Forest 2-2In this plantation there are over 1476 Redwoods planted in a grid, thus giving the illusion of rows and rows of never ending trunks! The smallest Sequoia sempervirens in this plantation is recorded to be approximately 20 metres high and the tallest reaching 55 metres. Standing beneath them and looking up to their canopies is a magnificent sight. However, compared to their siblings across the other side of the world in America and Canada, these trees would look like babies. Especially if you were to measured them up against those found growing in those other countries. But regardless of size they are a very beautiful tree. Their emerald green foliage contrasts beautifully against the rough red wood of their trunks. If you find yourself travelling towards Warburton take a moment to go visit this National Park.Redwood Forest 2Redwood Forest

Until next time happy gardening! By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs ©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2018

1 comment on “Redwood Forest – Sequoia sempervirens

  1. Redwoods are excellent trees even when young. They are not endemic to Canada though. Both the coastal redwood that grows in your plantations, and the giant redwood, live almost exclusively in California, with only a very small bit of the range of the coastal redwood extending into the very southwestern corner of Oregon. I have a few short redwoods on one of my properties with trunks about six feet wide. At home, I had an outhouse and a shower built into two separate burned out hollow redwood trunks. The lower acreage of the farm is dominated by redwoods, which is why we can not grow anything there.
    The blue gum from Tasmania was grown on plantations here for railroad ties. Once the timber was determined to be inferior for that application, the plantations were abandoned. They grow in grids, just like your redwoods, and the trees get huge!


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