Thanks to Jim Williams for an update of the tree he planted in 2008. See the photos below for previous pictures. “Here is that little giant sequoia I bought from you years ago. Not so little anymore, and neither is my daughter standing in front of it. The tree has nicely blocked out that ugly air conditioner in the old photo. I’ve been fertilizing generously with Dr. Earths organic fish emulsion granulated lawn fertilizer. The tree seems to favor it. I hope you enjoyed the update!” Photo taken Sunday May 31 2015 in Modesto, California.
Modesto (central valley) Photo taken Spring 2011. “I bought these trees from you in 2008. The giant sequoia was a 2007 sapling grown in 50/50 sandy loam/compost and fed fish emulsion. Note the size of the redwood after only 3 years from just 6 inches tall! Now they’re over nine feet. Thank you Jim Williams
View of Jim Willams tree in Modesto from afar. We have hundreds of Giant Sequoias in our city. They do quite well here until they suffer from lack of water once they reach about 50 feet or so. I’ve seen a few dead ones but most people take care of them. Mine are averaging about 3 to 4 feet of upward and outward growth per year. I top-dress around my trees with homemade compost and fertilize moderately. They get watered every other day on average.
The road leading to Mount Shasta from Weed in northern California offers the traveller a chance to drive through a beautiful demonstration of giant sequoias lining the highway on both sides. There are at least 100 along this road at least 120 feet tall.This shot was taken in the morning of August 17 , 2010 about 7:30.
Mark Kassebaum received this as a gift during a retail marketing meeting for Shell Oil in 1987. It was a seedling of 8 to 10 inches then. The circumference at 18 inches above the base is 90 inches as of 2011. The height is approx. 33 ft. This tree is in the backyard of Kassebaums located in Foster City (sea level south of San Francisco airport)
You sold me ten – seven are still living and this is my KING… about two years old! In Diamond Bar right off Highway 60 . I planted them all real close thinking that that would create some natural competition and the strongest would survive. Michael Fisher is located in Diamond Bar, east of LA, near Pomona. He has the trees growing healthy with driplines. Thank you Michael!
El Cerrito (north of Oakland) is graced with this tree planted in memory of David L. by Gayle. She fills the clay pot with water to let it perculate into the soil. It was planted in the ground in 2008 after spending a few years in a 5 gal. pot cared for on the porch. You can see it has gained height and girth in its new location in the backyard as of 2011.
Phil Goldcamp sent us this picture of his giant sequoia tree. He planted it as a 4’ tall living Christmas tree not knowing what kind of species it was and it is now approximately 15 years old and 50’ tall. Phil said, “We had no idea what it was when we planted it; nor until about 7 years into its remarkable growth when we had an arborist come by to look at other concerns, and he identified it immediately. I thought he was pulling my leg, and said, “yeah, right”. He assured me he was not kidding”. Thanks Phil for sending us the picture and the interesting anecdote to go along with it.
This specimen tree is showing amazing new growth for season 2015 in its location on the San Francisco peninsula west of the SFO airport. Even with the drought conditions of California and no visible watering system — the tree has a solid trunk and most likely was planted and cared for many years ago in San Bruno. It is locate on the grounds of Allen Elementary school off of Linden and Angus. Its early care has developed a strong trunk base establishing its good health. There is some brown out, (June 2015) but tree appears dense and healthy.