Common Name – Coast Redwood
Irish Name – crann dearg-adhmaid cósta
Latin Name – sequoia sempervirens
Quote by John Steinbeck
The Redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a Redwood tree. The feeling they produce is non-transferable, from them comes silence and awe.
The Coast Redwood tree is an evergreen, long-lived, monoecious tree living 1,200-2,200 years or more. These trees are among the longest living organisms on earth. This species contains the tallest living trees on earth, reaching up to 115.9 metres or 380.1 feet in height, without the roots and up to 8.9 metres or 29 feet in diameter and breast height. Trees store carbon dioxide, which makes them an important ally in fighting climate change. According to research, coast redwoods store more CO2 than any other tree in the world.
Coast Redwood trees are considered to be a symbolism of Wellness, safety, longevity, wisdom, and communication. The story goes that once upon a time, all plants and animals were people. One of them was Coyote, who created the world from the top of Sonoma Mountain. His village elders became the redwoods – crimson coloured to remind everyone that we are all of the same blood. One only had to look west to the Coast Redwoods to remember.