Common name: Giant sequoia, giant redwood, Sierra redwood
Sequoiadendron giganteum is a member of the redwoods and is the biggest tree by mass on earth. It is native to Northern California. Legend has it that the tree was named after the Cherokee Chief Sequoyah, but new research shows that the name probably comes from a Latin word. Fire helps the trees thrive.
In the summer of 2020, one of the trees was hit by lightning, which resulted in a long gash along its lower trunk.
From Erica: They can live for centuries.Our collection was planted in 1973.