Sequoia National Park (California)

Sequoia National Park was created in 1890 in the southern Sierra Nevada, California, in the United States. The park is famous for its giant sequoia trees, including the General Sherman tree, world’s largest living tree. The first, second, third and sixth tallest trees in the world grow within a mile of each other in Redwood  National Park.

There are two different Sequoia species growing here. The giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum)   has huge stout branches, cinnamon bark and massive trunk and the coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) has more conifer-like profile, is taller and more slender than giant sequoia.

Some giant sequoia facts.

This amazing tree can grow up to 311 feet (more than 90 meters) for maximum of 3,200 years. The bark can be even 31 inches (78 cm)  thick.  Bases can be to 40 feet (12 meters) diameter.

Why sequoias don’t die of old age and are resistant to fire and insects?

Chemicals in the bark and wood provide resistance to insects and fungi. Very thick bark insulates those trees from fire.

How do they die?

Most of sequoias die by falling over because they have a shallow root system without taproot. In this case strong winds, root damage or soil moisture can lead to toppling.

Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park: General Sherman

Sequoia National Park: General Sherman
Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park

10 thoughts on “Sequoia National Park (California)

  1. Tish Farrell 19/06/2013 / 4:45 pm

    Wonderful trees, and long may they be there, when so many of the world’s most ancient trees have been destroyed. Lovely shots.

  2. gageier 24/06/2013 / 10:53 am

    Das sind ja fantastische Fotos von den Bäumen wie hoch werden die eigentlich ganz tolle Fotos bin richtig begeistert danke für diese schönen Fotos einfach über weltigend eine schöne Woche und ganz viele liebe Grüße Klaus

    • traveleum 24/06/2013 / 12:25 pm

      Bitte sehr Klaus🙂 Ich wunche dich auch schone Woche!

  3. Iamrcc 29/06/2013 / 10:05 pm

    Beautiful trees. You captured them well. Thanks for the visit and the like of my post “Bouquet of Buds”.

    • traveleum 29/06/2013 / 11:06 pm

      Thanks. I will visit your blog more often for sure🙂

  4. Marilyn Albright 06/10/2013 / 12:19 am

    Great photos that show the immensity of these trees. This is a place in the US that I would love to visit, and I’m glad you got the chance.

    • traveleum 09/10/2013 / 9:58 am

      Thank you Marilyn. Yes, it was really amazing experience…

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