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This young example of Wellingtonia sits in the front lawn of a house in Mill Lane, Danbury, and illustrates how to position such a tree for best effect. It is a reasonable distance from the house, and has been given plenty of space in which to grow. With no other trees close by to crowd it, it has developed well, with the classic shape of a Giant Redwood at this young age; a gradual and even pyramid, with moderately dense foliage. This one is well under a hundred years old, so is still quite young even by comparison to other examples in England.

In such a favourable location the Giant Redwood will grow for the first few decades in a very neat conical shape with dense foliage reaching right down to the ground. The trunk will be largely hidden from view, and it will be a very attractive tree. As the decades roll by, it will begin to surge skyward, and lose its lower branches to reveal a beautiful, golden-brown trunk. Eventually, such a tree is likely to become something of a landmark, possibly visible for miles!

Common Names and Latin Name Latitude and Longitude OS National Grid Elevation
(above sea-level)
Height Girth Date Measured
Giant Redwood, Wellingtonia
Sequoiadendron giganteum
TL 78812 05014 308ft
17.8m 2.73m April 2007
Girth was measured at 1.5m from ground.

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