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Posted Feb 3, 2009 by langsandy
Probably planted in the seventeen hundreds, these red-barked giants can be found scattered throughout Scotland. Easily recognized because they tower twice as tall as other trees, I counted seventeen of these emergents in the woodlands that cover the landward approaches to Little Loch Broom.
There's an old country estate in Ireland called Emo Court which has an impressive front drive with two lines of coastal redwoods. I've also seen a couple dotted around gardens in Wicklow.
In other climates, there are several specimens in Sacramento, which is in the Central Valley of California. In fact, there was a neighborhood park full of them just around the corner of where we were living when PaperKid was born. They'd obviously been there awhile, as they were of a respectable diameter, but they *did* look a bit sad and brown, though I likely wouldn't have noticed if I hadn't lived around redwoods in their natural climate for so long.
pity back then they hadn't filled the odd valley or two - they'd have created their own climate by now - they are difficult to climb, the branches liable to pull out of the bark but beloved of tree creepers - I have a cone given by a friend from General Sherman - the largest of them all - I wonder if the seeds are viable?
General Sherman isn't a coastal redwood, though. It's a different type of tree, the giant redwood, which is not as tall.
Wellingtonia's are the ones I remember from Aberdeen - thanks for the info re Coast Redwoods - langsandy