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A wonderful oddity, for a Wellingtonia at least. Whereas these trees typically have single stout, straight trunks swept outward at the base, this one is very different. At around two and a half metres the vertical trunk ceases, and four or more thickened branches appear to have taken over and swept upward to form a set of new stems. This untidy tangle would not look out of place on an oak tree, but on a Redwood it becomes a magnificent oddity. Definitely worth seeing, one can only wonder at the history behind this tree. Perhaps a severe lighting strike wiped out the upper section of the tree many years ago, or maybe someone attacked it with a saw - a crime worthy of deportation, even if the result in this case is a very interesting example!

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 73131 04659 118ft
24.5m 4.67m September 2006
Girth was measured at 1.5 metres from ground

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