In a Nutshell:
* Sequoia Sempervirens is an evergreen Tree growing to 110 m (361ft) by 20 m (65ft) at a fast rate, approximately 24"/year in the right conditions.
* Sequoia sempervirensis the sole living species of the genus Sequoia in the cypress family Cupressaceae (formerly treated in Taxodiaceae). Common names include coast redwood, coastal redwood and California redwood. It is an evergreen, long-lived, monoecious tree living 1,200–1,800 years or more.
* Coast redwoods have a conical crown, with horizontal to slightly drooping branches. The bark is very thick, up to 30 cm (12 in), and quite soft, fibrous with a bright red-brown when freshly exposed (hence the name redwood ), weathering darker. The root system is composed of shallow, wide-spreading lateral roots.
* It is a long-lived tree in the wild, often living 1000 years and with some specimens 2200 years old recorded.
* A poultice of the heated leaves has been used in the treatment of earaches. The gummy sap has been used as a stimulant and tonic in the treatment of rundown conditions.
* The fibrous bark is also used for making paper. Branches can be harvested at any time of the year from logged trees, the bark is cut into useable pieces and soaked in clear water prior to cooking for 6 or more hours with lye. The fibres are beaten for six hours in a ball mill and the paper is a brown colour. more...
* Seed production begins at 10–15 years of age, and large seed crops occur frequently after that. more...