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Q: Redwood Trees ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Redwood Trees
Category: Science > Agriculture and Farming
Asked by: maxinebrooklyln-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 14 Sep 2003 10:50 PDT
Expires: 14 Oct 2003 10:50 PDT
Question ID: 255741
How old is the oldest known redwood tree, and where is it?
Subject: Re: Redwood Trees
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 14 Sep 2003 11:29 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Maxinebrooklyln-ga,

The oldest known redwood tree recorded is 2,200 and is located in
Humboldt Redwoods State Park in California.

Below you will find references in order to verify that this is the
correct answer.

“Northern California's largest redwood park covers over 51,000 acres
and stretches along Highway 101 for 40 miles. The Park has more than
17,000 acres of old growth redwoods and the largest remaining stand of
ancient redwoods in the world. The oldest recorded redwood tree, more
than 2,200 years old, was found in the Park.”
Sunny Fortuna


Humboldt Redwoods State Park
“The oldest coastal Redwood tree recorded, 2,200-years old, stands in
the Park.”
Best Western California


From Forest World:

“The oldest redwood found so far, determined by growth ring counts, is
nearly 2,200 years old.”


From the Sempervirens Fund website:

Species Name:
Sequoia -- from the Cherokee Indian chief Sequoyah
Sempervirens -- from the Latin meaning "always green"

“The coast redwood has only two close relatives. The shorter but more
massive giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) grows only in
California's Sierra Nevada Mountains. The deciduous dawn redwood
(Metasequoia glyptostroboides), a veritable midget at 115 feet in
height, is found native only in a remote area of central China.
The oldest verified redwood tree is at least 2,200 years of age, but
foresters believe that some may be much older.”

Sempervirens Fund website


State Tree of California

Redwood - Coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) and Giant redwood (S.

“The redwood is the tallest tree, growing up to 370 feet (113 m) tall
and living for over a thousand years. One redwood in California is
2,200 years old. The roots of this giant conifer are shallow, but
spread sideways up to 250 feet (75 meters) from the trunk. The bark is
deeply-furrowed, fibrous, thick [up to about 1 foot (30.5 cm) thick]
and lacks resin. There are many species of redwood.”


“There actually are two species of California redwood: the coast
redwood and the giant sequoia. The giant sequoia is the most massive
tree in the world, with 30-foot diameter trunks not uncommon. They
reach ages of over 3,000 years. The coast redwood is the tallest tree
in the world, averaging about 300 feet high. The oldest known redwood
lived to be 2,200 years old”


The Grizzly Giant, a Giant Sequoia is the oldest living sequoia tree,
and is over 2700 years old and is located in Yosemite National Park,

“Reaching 209.4 feet above the ground, the trunk bears scars from
several lightening fires that burned away the top. The large main
branch on the left of the tree is 84 feet from the ground and is 6
feet in diameter, this wonder of the plant world fills visitors to the
Yosemite Mariposa Grove of Big Trees with a sense of awe and wonder.
With a base diameter of 30.4 feet, tapering to 13 feet at 125 feet
from the ground, the trunk alone contains over 30,300 cubic feet of
Fine Earth and History


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“oldest redwood tree”

I hope this helps. If anything is unclear or if a link does not
function, please let me know and I’ll be glad to offer further

Best Regards,
maxinebrooklyln-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $1.00
The response included far more citations than I would have expected.

Subject: Re: Redwood Trees
From: bobbie7-ga on 14 Sep 2003 13:24 PDT
Thank you for the tip!
Subject: Re: Redwood Trees
From: snsh-ga on 14 Sep 2003 17:44 PDT
Was that a trick question?  Technically redwood trees are always less
than like 100 years old, becase the old wood in the core of the tree
is dead matter.

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