Giants in Greensboro?

I first marvelled at these trees about five years ago when I went to visit a friend off Greenbrook Drive here in Greensboro.  I had never seen anything quite like them and asked her what they were.sequoia-2.jpg

sequoia3.JPG“They are sequoia.”, she said proudly.  Or at least that’s what she has been told.  The two trees in her yard are about 40 years old according to what she knows of them.  Yes, that giant sequoia (Sequoia-dendron giganteum), the ones that grow to 350′ in height chiefly in the Pacific Coast region of the U.S.  Daughter Josie was headed over there today so I asked he to take some photos of them so you could marvel at them with me.sequoia1.jpg

I’ve done some quick research and haven’t been able to find any mention of sequoias growing anywhere east of the Mississippi, much less in North Carolina.  Does anyone have any clue if these are indeed sequoia and, if so, how could it be that these future giants are thriving here in the Gate City?

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  1. David Craft
    Posted November 19, 2007 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    Yep, they are Sequoias (evergreen) or possibly Dawn Redwoods (deciduous).

    Probably planted by some nut like me.

    They are not native here but can grow here if planted. Camellias and most of the azaleas you see around town are not native.

    I planted a Dawn Redwood at my old house. I need to go check on my baby!


  2. Posted November 20, 2007 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    Thanks, David. You nut.

  3. David Craft
    Posted November 23, 2007 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    I just ordered four Sequoia seedlings for around these parts.

    Sadly, they don’t have “nuts”, just cones, not the Ed type, though.

  4. Posted November 26, 2007 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    I have to wonder if anyone has thought of or studied possible negative environmental consequences of planting these non native trees locally. Not that I wouldn’t love to see them everywhere but I wish I could see native Chestnuts everywhere as well.

    In case any aren’t aware, native Chestnuts were wiped out by a disease bearing imported Chestnut circa 1930.

  5. Keith
    Posted November 26, 2007 at 10:46 pm | Permalink