Also called giant redwood, Sierra redwood, Sierran redwood, and Wellingtonia.

Despite its similar scientific botanical name, not a sister-species to coast redwood/California redwood  Sequoia sempervirens.

But it is a close cousin, with both trees being in the same sequoia  subfamily Sequoioideae in cypress  family Cupressaceae.

And both trees share being the 🌲︎ state tree of California.


Native to the western slopes of the 🗻︎ Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.

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Said to get much of its annual water needs from the melting of its local winter snowpack.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

"Dozens of giant sequoias in California are thought to be between old." [1]

A drawing of a giant sequoia appears on the Sierra Club logo logo of Sierra Club, select to visit their website.

16 spectacular facts about giant sequoias

Learn more about giant sequoia Sequoiadendron giganteum

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