Coastal Redwood tree - Sequoia sempervirens

The main claim to fame for the Coastal Redwood (also called the California Redwood) is that it is the tallest tree species in the world, with the tallest actual tree being 379 feet tall. This tree species should not be confused with the Giant Sequoia, which is the largest (by volume) tree species in the world. Both the Coastal Redwood and the Giant Sequoia are native to the Pacific coast of North American in California and Oregon.

The seed cone of the Coastal redwood is quite a bit smaller than its Giant Sequoia counterpart measuring about 2 cm long (just under one inch). The cone has a similar look to those of the Cypress Sempervirens.

The "leaves" of the Coastal Redwood are very different from those of the Giant Sequoia. They are needle-like and flat, measuring about half an inch long. The branch structure can be clearly seen in the image below.

The bark of the California Redwood is quite thick, has a reddish color and quite fibrous.


  1. Hello Dan from Spain.

    I happened to land-upon your blog page for redwoods.

    Here is a redwood page I put together, that you might enjoy, seeing how you like trees:

    Redwoods: Atlas Grove & Grove of Titans

    Just in case you don't ever get to see them - and very few people have seen these.


    M. D. Vaden of Oregon
    Beaverton, Oregon, USA

  2. Hello,
    I see from your fantastic blog that you know quite a lot about trees. So maybe you could please tell me the name of the last tree (with the campanula like flowers)on my blogg. It would be very nice to know the name since I like this tree very much! I found it in Buenos Aires, Argentina. /Ruben

  3. The last tree in your post is a Lacebark Kurrajong (Brachychiton Populneus) which is native to Australia.

  4. Thanks for putting up a picture of the foliage, i waded through 10 pages of pictures of trunks, fog, timber etc, looking for leaves!