ISSUE 54  |  Bedrooms

A (Tiny) Giant Sequoia Tree

January 08, 2013 4:00 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

Imagine a giant sequoia tree in your backyard. And why not? Aside from being way more majestic than the tree your next door neighbor is growing, it would suck up enormous amounts of carbon dioxide and could help prevent climate change:

“You have room,” says tree evangelist David Milarch, co founder of the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive. know a guy who lives in a subdivision in Orinda, California who has 17 growing in his backyard—and yes, it’s just a regular subdivision yard.”

Above: One difference between sequoias and redwoods is that sequoias thrive in nearly every climate in the world (except the two poles). They will grow in Chicago. They will grow in Africa. They will grow in Queens, New York. They can reach heights of 250 feet or more—the General Sherman tree in California’s Sequoia National Park is 275 feet tall. A two- to four-year-old Live Giant Sequoia Tree is $24.95 from Plow & Hearth.

Above: For more about David Milarch’s quest to propagate the finest giant sequoias in the world, see “Saving the World’s Oldest Trees.”

Above: Milarch’s Michigan-based nonprofit group Archangel Ancient Tree Archive recently planted dozens of clones of the world’s largest trees on a foggy four-acre site in southern Oregon. Read about how they did it in “Saving the World’s Oldest Trees.”