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This week it’s California Coast Redwoods 

here’s one in my hood a mere babe at 90 feet

show us yours!

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greysrigging
3 hours ago, DoomsDave said:

This week it’s California Coast Redwoods 

here’s one in my hood a mere babe at 90 feet

show us yours!

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There is a big specimen in the Botanical Gardens, Melbourne ( Aussie Melbourne )
You see the Aussie giant Mountain Ash ( Eucalyptus regnans ) in the hill suburbs ( the Dandenongs ) of Melbourne.
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tropicbreeze

The biggest/tallest on my place were African Mahoganys, Khaya senegalensis. Had them cut out a few years back, except for a large one (and 1000's of seedlings) that's more broad spreading than tall. The blokes who did the felling estimated the trees to be up to 40 metres tall. The one remaining now would only be around 30 metres tall.

In the photo a bloke dropping the limbs.

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greysrigging
2 minutes ago, tropicbreeze said:

The biggest/tallest on my place were African Mahoganys, Khaya senegalensis. Had them cut out a few years back, except for a large one (and 1000's of seedlings) that's more broad spreading than tall. The blokes who did the felling estimated the trees to be up to 40 metres tall. The one remaining now would only be around 30 metres tall.

In the photo a bloke dropping the limbs.

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Wally and Donna ( NT Handrails ) had two huge ones removed from their place at Bees Creek. Was a massive operation, cranes etc, as the trees were probably 25m from the house but were possibly 30m tall.
Another mate, Wingy, had acreage out Noony way ( backs onto the Aaaco meatworks ), that was a former experimental plot for the Forestry mob....they planted the place doing trials of several varieties of  tropical Mahoganies ( and that other cursed tree, Gmelina ).
His place had ginormous African Mahoganies, too. And every so often a limb would come down, wrecking the chook run ( and traumatising the chooks too, I might add. lol )
The Mahogany seedlings are the bane of my gardening life. My neighbour has a tree, therefore I have 1000's of seedlings sprouted in my yard. I need to buy Roundup by the 44gal drum to control 'em.
And a quick explanation for our cross Pacific mates, the trees are quite nice looking, extremely fast growing and provide beautiful shade. The timber comes up real nice in furniture etc.
But, in their native habitat of abundant rain and deep volcanic soils they thrive, In Darwin's poor, shallow, rocky laterite soils ( soils, what soils ?, my yard is all coffee rock ), they grow fast, hugely top heavy, the roots spread out along the surface, and the slightest puff of wind and they topple over. And we have our fair share of Cyclones and tropical Supercell storms. And, as mentioned earlier, they drop limbs....sadly a fatality in the City with a child killed by a falling limb a decade ago.
Not a tree for the suburbs, but there are 10's of thousands out there in the 'Burbs.

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ahosey01

Here is my baby Metasequoia glyptostroboides that I am going to plant in a dry detention pond.

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This should reach 150’ eventually.  I have heard from people that have grown these that 4’ of growth per year for the first 10 years is not unheard of.  Apparently they mellow out after that.

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On 9/18/2020 at 9:15 PM, DoomsDave said:

This week it’s California Coast Redwoods 

here’s one in my hood a mere babe at 90 feet

show us yours!

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Honestly they really planted that in a decent spot.  Thing could have like a 20' wide trunk and still be between the curb and the driveway.

Wondering what the roots are doing to the foundation of the home, though.  LOL.

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Chester B

Some typical Oregon grown coast redwoods.  Lots of these around but not usually so many in a line.

 

 

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SEVA

Taxodium distichum on the Chesapeake side of Lake Drummond in Virginia.

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Butch

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An old family road trip from the early '60s... The old Caddy fit thru..

 

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From a trip to Jamaica a couple of years back... See the 3/4 person bench seat at the base of the tree for perspective..

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