Redwood - Sequoia sempervirens
Long-lived, huge (the tallest trees on the planet), and once widely distributed along the California coast, Coastal Redwood is famous for size and beauty. The only species in its genus, old trees reach over 375 feet in height. The bark is thick, fibrous, and red-brown in color, the trunks fluted with age. The needles are dark green with stomatal lines below and twisted at the base, giving a flattened appearance. Extensive logging severely reduced the numbers of old trees, with most of the giant trees confined to state and national parks.