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The True Giants of the Forest: Redwoods

The redwood family of trees consists of three separate species; the sequoia, the sequoiadendron, and
the metasequoia. Only the sequoia and the sequoiadendron are native to North America, and among
these species lives the largest and longest living trees in the world. The redwood trees are
affectionately known as the ‘true giants of the forest’.


Redwoods Can Live Thousands of Years


They have long been revered for their symbolism in native culture, and it’s easy to see why. These
ancient and ‘wise’ trees can grow in excess of 360+ feet and live to be as old as 2,000 years. This
makes the redwood trees the single most humbling experience that nature has to offer in many ways.
Let’s talk about some of the most famous members of the redwood family. Call BrownWood Tree Services


The Brotherhood Tree Attracts Many Visitors to Northern California


The Brotherhood Tree is one of the natural wonders of North America. Standing at just under 300 feet
tall, and over 2,000 years old, this massive tree has seen centuries of colonization, war, storm, forest
fires, and droughts. Despite it all, the Brotherhood Tree stands tall. Located in Klamath, Northern
California, the Brotherhood Tree has become a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. It truly
is a sight to behold, especially when you consider its story of survival.


The Cathedral Tree Is Made Up Of 9 Different Redwood Trees


The Cathedral tree is a true testament to the enduring nature of the giant redwood trees. This tight
grouping of 9 redwoods makes up the 1,000-year-old Cathedral tree. It is believed that at the center of
the Cathedral Tree once stood a massive ancient redwood all by itself, until one day it collapsed.
However, upon collapse, the branches and limbs of the tree helped to ‘clone’ the tree and grow the 9
trees that group together to make the famous Cathedral Tree.


The Candelabra Tree Shows How Redwoods Have an Amazing Ability

To Survive
The Candelabra tree is another famous tree that was made from the falling of a much older redwood
of the past. Redwood trees have an amazing ability to find a way to survive, and the Candelabra Tree
is a testament to that. This massive redwood was formed when the shoots from the side of the fallen
tree grew themselves into towering trees along its side, thus making the dramatic ‘candelabra’ effect.
It truly is a sight to behold.

The Elephant Tree Is a Popular Tourist Attraction


The Elephant Tree was named for the sprawling root system that extends from the base of this
massive redwood in what many say forms the shape of a distinct elephant–although some would say
it is closer to an octopus. No matter what animal you see, the Elephant Tree is an amazing display of
how resilient the redwood species is and how it can survive climate changes, receding soils, and
more over the centuries.


What Makes Redwoods So Special?

Redwoods have an incredible ability to survive through nearly anything–aside from a determined
lumberjack. This is mainly due to their armor thick bark that is unparalleled at protecting them. Many
redwoods have survived forest fires, massive flooding, and more.
This helps the redwoods to grow impressively deep root systems that provide them with more
strength and endurance than any other species of tree on Earth. Because of this, redwoods can live
to be over 2,000 years old, with an average lifespan of 600 years. They truly one of a kind.


Final Thoughts
The redwood tree is known worldwide as one of the natural wonders of the Earth. Many travel from all
over the globe in order to stand beneath their majesty. Throughout the centuries, they have stood,
and they will continue to stand as long as they have the habitat to do so. Hopefully, with a bit of good
fortune, humans will be marveling at redwood trees and their wonder for many centuries yet to come.

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