Seeing those massive trees in person is an amazing experience, kind of like witnessing the Grand Canyon through your own eyes. These ancient giants are so big that it’s nearly impossible to capture their full scope and scale in a single photograph. As a landscape nurseryman, it was especially interesting to see how close together they grow!
Historically, ocean moisture and fog have produced perfect conditions for these trees to thrive, but climate change is increasingly having adverse effects from droughts and wildfires. The KNP Fire is threatening to completely destroy California’s renowned Sequoia National Forest. What a tragedy that would be.
Coast Redwoods are remarkably resilient to fire, since they are one of the few conifers that have the ability to re-sprout from dormant buds along their trunks and branches. Unfortunately, giant Sequoias and Douglas firs don’t have that same ability to re-sprout from epicormic sprouts.