Graphic Takes Understanding to New Heights

Many of you probably have heard of Arbor Day, the holiday when people plant and care for trees. In the United States, National Arbor Day is always celebrated on the last Friday in April. But did you know that many states observe Arbor Day on different dates throughout the year based on best tree planting times in their area? California celebrates Arbor Day March 7 through 14. In honor of California Arbor Day and one of the state’s trees, the coast redwood (the other is the giant sequoia), we present our new infographic. We’ll share this graphic in three parts. The first part puts the coast redwood’s height into perspective.

Check out this comparison of a coast redwood’s height next to a 37-story building. It boggles my mind that coast redwood trees grow to reach such tremendous heights, inch by inch, year after year. With stature like this, it’s no surprise that coast redwood trees hold the world record for tallest trees on Earth. As if that isn’t impressive enough, they also can live more than 2,500 years.

A comparison of a coast redwood’s height next to a 37-story building.

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About Emily Burns


Emily Burns, the League’s former Director of Science, led the research program that includes the Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative. She holds a PhD in Integrative Biology on the impacts of fog on coast redwood forest flora from the University of California, Berkeley.

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