Edible usesThere are no edible uses listed for Sequoia sempervirens.
The sprouts from the burls have been used in making baskets. The plant develops a thick covering of a soft and fibrous bark (you can punch it hard without hurting your hand). This can be harvested without harm to the tree and used as an insulating or stuffing material. A fine bark dust that is produced whilst doing this is a good soil conditioner. This fibrous bark is also used for making paper. Branches can be harvested at any time of the year from logged trees, the bark is cut into useable pieces and soaked in clear water prior to cooking for 6 or more hours with lye. The fibres are beaten for six hours in a ball mill and the paper is a brown colour.Wood - straight-grained, knot-free, light, soft, not strong, very durable in contact with the soil. A high quality and easily worked lumber, it is used for joinery, fence posts, construction etc.
If there are sufficient seeds, they can be sown in a lightly shaded outdoor bed in late March. Grow on the plants in the seedbed for two years before planting them out into their permanent positions in late autumn or early spring.Cuttings of half-ripe wood, August/September in a frame. They form roots in winter or early spring. Pot them up into individual pots once the roots are developing nicely and plant them out in the summer if they are growing well. Otherwise grow them on for the next winter in a cold frame and plant them out in early summer.
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Plants are fully hardy in Britain, though they may lose their leaves in cold winters. This seems to have no detrimental effect on the tree. The giant redwood is probably the tallest growing tree in the world, it thrives in Britain, especially in the cooler moister western half of the country. It is fast growing in cultivation, reaching 25 metres tall in 20 years in a good site, and can be successfully coppiced even when quite old. It is a long-lived tree in the wild, often living 1000 years and with some specimens 2200 years old recorded. Plants are tender when young. If trees larger than 80cm are planted out, they should be coppiced in order to allow the roots to become established. Male cones shed their pollen in February unless delayed by frost when they might wait until April. Frost just before flowering or at the time of flowering kills the pollen. New growth takes place from May until the end of September and can be very vigorous, 1.2 metres a year is not uncommon and this can be maintained for 30 years or more. The best trees are found in Devon, Wiltshire, Perthshire and Ireland.The crushed foliage has the scent of candle wax.
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