Sequoiadendron giganteum

The giant redwoods, Sequoiadendron giganteum, are currently showing a flush of new, fresh cones amidst their dense foliage.
Sequoiadendron giganteum is an impressive tree at any time of year, being an evergreen of grandiose scale. The cones of this species are relatively small for such a statuesque species, reaching up to 7cm in length. Nestling amongst coarse foliage, they have a glossy green colouring, and a wax-like appearance when young. As they age they dry and take on a brown colouring, and release pale, flattened ripe seeds. It is at this time of year that the bark of this giant comes to the fore with its rich red-brown tone, which takes on intense colouring in low winter light. The bark, which can exceed 30 cm in depth, is spongy in texture and acts as a fire retardant in its native California.
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