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How Fast Do Redwoods Grow?

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Redwoods are large, long-living trees that grow quickly, according to the University of California Davis Arboretum. They grow in a limited area in northern California and southern Oregon, providing shade and protection for plants and wildlife in the area.

Annual Growth

Redwoods grow faster than almost any other tree in the world, obtaining 3 to 10 feet of growth per year. Most of this growth occurs in the first century of a redwood's life.

Maturity

Redwoods reach a mature height of approximately 350 feet, making them the tallest trees in the world. They continue to grow into the second century when planted in a desirable location, according to Auburn University.

Advantages

Redwoods are prized as lumber trees because of how quickly they grow, making them an ideal tree species for managed forests. They are also fire resistant and can sprout again from the stump when damaged.

Care Of Redwoods

When young, redwoods need partial shade to protect them from sunburn. Layering mulch around their trunks helps keep the soil moist for them. Redwood trees need plenty of breathing room -- at least four to seven feet of spacing -- not only to accommodate their size but also to keep them healthy. Redwoods are major water-guzzlers, especially when young and during the summer months. Because they naturally grow in foggy areas, they benefit from fog, humidity and rain to stay wet -- so if your region doesn't experience this weather, you'll need to make up for the environmental differences with additional watering. If your redwood threatens to become entangled with a telephone line, you may need to prune the top of the tree before this becomes an issue.

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