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Coast Redwood - February 2023
Thanks to Robert for these photographs of a Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempirens) in Kingswood. He wrote: "There are some trees near where I live that I think could be sequoia. I wanted to see if I could find any record or history of these trees. They are in Kingswood on the edge of Buckfastleigh in Devon. A simple search reveals nothing."

Robert included a bag that is approx 45cms across in one of the photographs, to illustrate the size of the tree. The tree certainly looks like a whopper!

Robert also wrote; "I first came across the usual soft bark on a tree when a young teen (in the 1960s) and had a Saturday morning gardening job at Theydon Priory on the edge of Theydon Bois in Essex. Although the bark of the trees in Kingswood are not as soft as I remember from the gardening job I had."

The tree you recall from the 1960s with soft bark could well have been a Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum), as although the bark looks similar, being fibrous and softer than many trees, that of the Giant Redwood is quite a bit softer still than the Coast Redwood.

Coast Redwood - February 2023

* * * Update - April 2024 * * *


Coast Redwood - April 2024

Coast Redwood - April 2024
Robert wrote again in April 2024: "I've found more in this wood including a grove of about 20 large trees. On my walk there last week I also discovered that where one of the big trees had been cut down, on the stump there are a number of shoots that have grown into small trees!! I didn't know that they could do this.

There is also a massive log of one of the large trees that has been cut and left for some reason. This was done some years back given the amount of growth on and around it. I thought I might be able to count the rings on the cross section to assess the age of the tree. I also found several other large trees further on.

By the way the bag is nearly 45 cms across the width I include it so you have some idea of scale."


Thank you Robert, the growth of new shoots around the edge of the stump of Coast Redwood trees is something that was noticed on the old growth trees that were logged in California. I believe they called them "fairy rings"! It's unusual for a pine tree, usually they won't regrow on old wood.

Coast Redwood stump - April 2024

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