What Are Sequoia Trees?


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Sequoia trees are the sole remaining species of the Sequoia genus and are sometimes called giant sequoias. Giant sequoias live for between 1,200 to 1,800 years and can become over 200 feet tall, making them the tallest living tree.

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What Are Sequoia Trees?
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There is a park called Sequoia National Park that has a "Giant Forest" filled with sequoias in Visali, California. The forest holds more than 8,000 sequoias. The forest alone contains more than half of the world's sequoia trees. The park also holds many redwood trees. Although many people think that redwoods and sequoias are the same things, they actually have distinct differences. For example, sequoias originally grew in central California, while redwoods grew on California's coast.

According to the Sequoia National Park, there is a tree in the park called the General Sherman that is the "undisputed king of the forest." It is 2,100 years old, 2.7 million pounds, 275 feet tall, and 100 feet wide at the trunk. The park is considered the one of the best places to view sequoias. It is free to visit and even has a museum where patrons can learn more about the trees.

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