If you have a huge garden and think long-term, the Wellingtonia is the tree for you. And Isabel Ward from Wellington in Bloom can provide you with one to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Waterloo.
According to Kew Gardens this may not be the tallest tree in the world but Sequoiadendron giganteum or giant redwood is the largest by volume, reaching up to 95 m in height and 12 m in diameter and living for up to 3,000years.
On its introduction to Britain in 1853, the species was named Wellingtonia gigantea after the recently deceased Duke of Wellington. There’s a fine specimen on the corner of Pyles Thorne Rd and Shuteleigh.
Always on the lookout for new and exciting large trees, 19th century estate owners jumped at the chance of growing another impressive specimen and having the name Wellingtonia worked wonders as a marketing tool.
Although planted less frequently now, it is quite common throughout the British Isles, particularly in large gardens and parks.