Giant Redwoods

Three Giant Redwoods have recently appeared and with a bit of luck will soon be taller than the Scott Monument.

Two of these were planted in 2015. The one above is in the east of the park, at the corner of Hope Park Crescent and Melville Drive.

So how can you tell a Giant Redwood? The trick is to punch it. If you don't hurt your knuckles, it's a redwood. Their bark, though it looks hard and spiky, is exceptionally soft and spongy.

The other method of course is to watch it grow. The tree above has been rocketing up. The world's tallest single stem tree is a Giant Redwood, at least 2300 years old. If the Meadows is still here in 2316, this one could also have reached 83 metres tall.

The other one here (at the west end of the Links, on Bruntsfield Place) isn't quite so flourishing: still in its tree guard, it's surviving well enough, but not as lively.

The third appeared in March 2016 in front of Quartermile, alongside an old lime it replaced.

(Below is the old lime, which lasted several months after a very hard prune.)

Giant redwoods (Sequoiadendron giganteum) produce cones. The ones on the Hope Park Crescent tree were green before they matured and hardened into brown.

If you get a chance, go and see the young one at Quartermile: as the first pic below shows, it has stunning bark which will soon darken and roughen like the brown trunk of the Hope Park Crescent tree in the second pic.

It's recently (February 2017) also produced its first cones.