They figure the tree began growing around 900 AD.
The tag that is closest to the edge on the right is from 1928, when the California Park Service began. The tag directly below that, the third from the edge, marks the date of the Boston Tea Party. This tree saw a lot of history!
A few interesting facts about the Redwoods:
- The cone for these massive giants is about the size of an olive.
- Trees can propagate from burls located at the roots or up in the branches.
- Large redwoods can withstand fire because the bark has very little resin in it.
- Redwoods have a lot of tannin in them, a substance that insects find distasteful.
- There are plants and animals that live their entire life in the canopy of the redwoods.
- The needles at the top of the trees are different than those found below the canopy because the intensity of the light is so different.
- Each Redwood requires a lot of moisture, from the roots and from the air. This coastal area of California receives 65 inches of rain a year! (Sure beats the 16 inches we hope to get annually!)
- A large Redwood will give off 500 gallons of water into the air each day!