This site refers to the three types of Redwood by the names commonly used in the U.K:
Giant Redwood Giant Redwood / Giant Sequoia / Wellingtonia Sequoiadendron giganteum
Coast Redwood Coast Redwood / Redwood Sequoia sempervirens
Dawn Redwood Dawn Redwood Metasequoia glyptostroboides
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Redwood World This site is about trees in Britain. Not just any trees, but some that are quite exceptional:
Giant Redwood Coast Redwood Dawn Redwood Redwoods
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Scottish Redwood Trust
Giant Sequoia carbon storage potential
(A study by Mat Disney)
BBC World's largest trees 'thriving in UK'
Most people have heard of Giant Redwoods, possibly as Giant Sequoia or Wellingtonia, and probably know that they originate from somewhere in America. In fact, although relatively rare, they can actually be found in many towns in the British Isles. Use the Locations and Pictures button to see a list of places with Redwood trees in your area.
First of all... Why the fascination?

The answer is that they are such magnificent trees. Magnificent not just for their phenomenal size but also for their shape, their sturdy buttress style and soft spongy bark. When one looks up the trunk of a mature Giant Redwood and sees the slim branches sweeping gracefully downwards, there is an air of pre-historic mystique about them; and yet by contrast there is a fresh modern appeal about the smart conical shape of a juvenile tree. They might look as though they would make a good Christmas tree for the home but don't be fooled by appearance because the needles are sharp and firm and would cause injury to hands. A child falling against one could lose an eye. Best left in the ground where they are growing!

On this site you will see the product of many years spent on locating, documenting, and photographing examples of these amazing trees in the British Isles. Illustrated here you will find a growing selection of the magnificent, the mediocre, and even some of the downright peculiar examples. You will see examples of Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum) also known as Wellingtonia, Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) and Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides), all are fine trees although my preference is for the Giant Redwood also known as Wellingtonia or by the Americans as Giant Sequoia.
Giant Redwood
Giant Redwood
young Redwoods
Young Giant Redwood
Coast Redwood
Coast Redwood
Dawn Redwood
Dawn Redwood in Autumn colours
There are also pages explaining the characteristics of Redwoods, how to measure them, how to grow your own and the stories from people growing their own redwoods. Use the buttons on the left to explore the various pages on this website, but if you are new to these trees and curious about what makes them so different, take a tour of U.K. Redwoods using the Locations and Pictures button. You will see a variety of examples, some in the middle of towns, towering over homes, shops and churches, others in the countryside, again towering over their neighbouring trees.

You will see Giant Redwood and Coast Redwood trees of varying ages, but in the main they will be around a hundred to a hundred and seventy years old. Very young by their own standard, since they live for thousands of years, but they were only discovered and introduced to England in the 1850's. Although they were largely forgotten for a century or so, it seems that there is something of a revival in popularity, for there are now a small but growing number of very young examples planted over the last decade or so by adventurous organisations and councils in the UK. You will also find examples of Dawn Redwood, a rather unusual deciduous pine tree that was known only from fossil evidence until its discovery in China in the 1940's.
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