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 / juniper / redwood  family Cupressaceae, and in 🌲︎ conifer  order Pinales.

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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