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#8: Giant Sequoia

#8: Giant Sequoia

Sequoiadendron giganteum (se-quoiaden-dron  jye-GAN-tee-um)

  • Giant Sequoia trees are considered one of the largest living things on the earth
  • Average height 60 to 100 feet may reach 260 feet; average width of 30 to 50 feet
  • Longevity is greater than 150 years with a 36 inch per year growth rate
  • The seeds take three years to release and are so small that 3000 seeds measure an ounce
  • In the wild it sometimes takes the heat of a fire to force the seeds to be released

 

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