6” girth, 10’ tall, planted 2 years ago
10” girth, 12’ tall, planted 2 years ago
12” girth, 18’ tall, planted 2 years ago
40” girth, over 25’ height, and about 15’ wide, planted 6.5 years ago
Am I missing something, or has it been a little while since there has been a good thread in which a bunch of measuring was going on?
As far as coastal redwood deaths, varieties, and sizes, read on if interested as I was:
My in-laws have several aptos blue/sequoia sempervirens providing a back fence screen in Visalia. I found this website interesting as it pertained to conditions leading to tree deaths in that part of the state (salty conditions--I’m guessing related to the historic evaporation of irrigation water in Kings County) as well as tree deaths in my county (due to a problem with recycled water). Common varieties of sequoia sempervirens were listed as well:
I also found it interesting to read today that prior to logging, it is likely that some sequoia semperviren/coastal redwoods were not only the tallest trees in the world, but also the largest in volume (something their relatives in the sierra are more known for). Douglas fir and Australian ash were mentioned as contenders for the tallest trees prior to logging. One source:
I was actually looking for information about the varieties that are most often sold and found this--
A vast improvement was made when cuttings were taken from superior specimen growing along Highway 17 in Santa Clara County, California.From the many cuttings tested, four have become popular for commercial production:
Aptos Blue - A strong growing tree with blue-green foliage and a horizontal branching pattern - this is the most popular cultivar. This cultivar is especially beautiful in spring when light new growth contrasts with older bluish-green.
Soquel - A very symmetrical growth pattern with branches radiating horizontally and slightly upward. Its strong terminal leader makes it the easiest to train. Foliage is fine, and tree grows thick and full, even during youth.
Santa Cruz - A full, dense tree with yellow-green foliage. The branches tend to ascend more than the other clones. Very easy to train. Never really caught on due to light bleached foliage color - least cold tolerant selection.
Los Altos - Older foliage a nice contrast for light green spring growth. Strong, symmetrical shape with horizontally radiating branches typify this clone. Least cultivated, because it tends to produce a lot of cones at a young age.