I joined a Sebastopol Walk today with about twenty of our friendly community townsfolk. We ambled around town under a dark gray late October sky all morning looking at and learning about notable trees in our town. We saw many venerable trees. It was led by Geoffrey Skinner, his wife and fellow walkers who chipped in their knowledge.
We've all seen sidewalks lifted and buckled by roots growing under them. We might think that all trees aggressively grab the earth. But that's not so.
Lynn Deedler explained to us that the Coastal Redwood, Sequoia Sempervirens, has a gentle (but very long-lasting) grasp on earth.
We looked at the base of this Coastal Redwood tree.
It has grown gently around the concrete curb that was poured too near its feet.
For more information about the tall, wise, and long-lived Coastal Redwoods visit Here.