Sequoiadendron giganteum Fr: Wellingtonia
First discovered in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California in 1841, the Giant Sequoia was introduced into Europe in 1853. This is the most massive tree in the world. It lives for over 3000 years and grows to over 80 m high, with a girth of 24 m. In Europe for less than 200 years, the Giant Sequoia reaches 50 m, with a girth of 7 m.
Narrow and connical (compared to the broad, connical shape of the Atlas Cedar); the ends of the branches curve up.
the thick, soft, fibrous bark is reddish-brown and becomes fluted and darker with age; the base of the trunk is often buttressed.
Leaves. 4-7mm, blue-green or dark-green pointed scales, densely covering the branchlets.
5-8 cm brown cones hang down from stalks at the ends of the branches.