Point of Interest – Small Redwoods

HyperionTreeThis grove of 137 California redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) was planted in 1974. Native to America, the redwood is an evergreen and extremely long-lived tree with a life span of 2,500 to 3,500 years. They are the tallest trees now living on Earth – the record-holder is the Hyperion tree in Northern California (pictured here) which measures 115.61m (379.3 feet). Redwoods have a conical crown with horizontal branches. Their bark is very thick – up to 30cm – and quite soft and fibrous, with a bright red-brown colour when freshly cut which is where the name redwood comes from. The leaves tend to lie in a flat plane to maximise their ability to capture sunlight.