The coastal redwood, Sequoia sempervirens
, grows at a foot a year and the tallest known is 112m, the tallest trees on earth, while the oldest is a mere 2,200-years-old, so plant one now and the family can shelter under it for the next few millennium parties.
Sempervirens, which is part of the Latin name for the coast redwoods, Sequoia sempervirens
, means 'always living,'" said Reed Holderman, Executive Director of Sempervirens Fund.
And along the sands of Malibu, where 300-foot stands of Sequoia Sempervirens
- not to be confused with their girthy Giant Sequoia cousins - could shade sun-baked board shorts and bikinis.
The scientific name of the coast redwood is Sequoia sempervirens
, which means ever living - a bit of an exaggeration as the oldest redwood known is ``only'' about 2,200 years old.
The Sempervirens Fund is a tribute, both in name and work, to the turn-of-the-century Sempervirens Club, which took its name from the botanical name for the coast redwood, Sequoia sempervirens