Sequoia trees are among the most majestic in any forest. Taller
and wider than that any plant or animal on earth, these trees are
one of the most impressive sites to ever behold.

The trees start out much like the average pine tree.  Growing at a
rate of approximately 2 feet per year, the Sequoia is one of the
fastest-growing trees. It will take around 100 years for the tree to
reach its full height.  Eventually the tree will stand well over 200
feet tall with a trunk diameter well in excess of 35 feet. One variety
of Sequoia, the Coast Redwood, has been known to reach as high
as 367 feet. Massive size is not the only reason sequoias are
noteworthy -- they live for 1,500 to 2,000 years.

Standing in the midst of
Sequoia National Forest, my entire family
was amazed at the magnitude of the trees. The massive trunks,
huge branches, and towering height makes one almost feel as if
they had been put in the washing machine and shrunk to the size
of an insect.

Given their size and rapid growth rate one might wonder why
sequoias haven't fully covered the face of the earth. However the
Sequoia can only grow naturally in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Sequoia seeds are produced in the trees bark.  At full maturity, the
seed will be about the size of a tomato and will remain in the tree’s
bark until a specific, seemingly unnatural event takes place.

Continue reading:
  1. Defying logic: the dependence of Sequoias on fire.
  2. 4 ways to lead like the mighty Sequoia.

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