Redwood top?

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Trevor Gore
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Re: Redwood top?

Post by Trevor Gore » Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:39 am

SteveL123 wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:49 pm
May I ask if you have actually seen sprouts growing out of a Redwood stump?
Plenty. Take a drive up Highway 101 from 'Frisco through Santa Rosa, Healdsburg and up into Mendocino county. Beautiful redwood country, old growth logging from last century with up to 100 years regrowth from the old stumps. And plenty of guitar related stuff, too.

lux
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Re: Redwood top?

Post by lux » Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:06 pm

The specific epithet of the species' botanical name -- Sequoia sempervirens -- provides a clue here. "Sempervirens" is Latin for "always flourishing" and is a direct allusion to the tree's resilience in springing back from major damage. Redwoods would never grow to be thousands of years old if they didn't have that feature: fire is a natural part of West Coast ecology. Along the redwood corridor, curiosity shops often sell cut-off burls of redwood, which will resprout if you keep them in a dish of water. It's desire to come back to life is just irrepressible. If you live in redwood country, you'll learn that resprouting stumps can be a problem...they're almost impossible to kill. I had to have a redwood with a 40" caliper removed when I bought my house because it was starting to lean precariously toward the living room (the insurer insisted). This is what the stump looks like now a few years later (I had stripped all the sprouts off last spring).

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