Three species of trees are commonly referred to as redwoods: California's coast redwood and giant sequoia, and China's dawn redwood. For those who have had the chance to stand in a redwood grove, there are few life experiences that match it. Even if you have only ever seen a photo of the few ancient redwood forests left, it's hard to imagine life on our planet without these awesome and majestic places. We can all agree that there are some places on Earth that are so special that they are worth saving. That's why there is such strong support for protecting redwood lands. Redwoods Information Resources
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The coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), Earth's tallest tree, which grows along the Pacific coast from Southern Oregon to Central California.
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The giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum), world's most massive tree, which is native to the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California.
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The dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides), the smallest redwood, which is native to a remote part of China.
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Teachers and kids, find all you need to teach and learn about redwoods at our Redwoods Learning Center. Forests That Have Survived for Millions of Years
Redwoods get their common name from their bark and heartwood, the reddish-brown color of which stems from high tannin levels. Other chemicals found in the leaves, branches and bark give these trees a remarkable resistance to fungal disease and insect infestation. Their thick bark holds large quantities of water, which protects them from periodic, naturally occurring fires. All three redwoods are descendents of a group of conifers...