The Sequoia, from California, grows to be the biggest tree in the world. This one is doing the best out of the twenty or so planted on the property.
This one was planted by me. But such a lot of the plants here came with the gold miners from California in the 1860s.
|Planted spring 2006. Over two meters tall in 2010.|
There were no trees here at all when the miners came. Just tussock grass stretching into the distance.
Central Otago seems to suit plants from California. Also a very cute thing on the property is the flock of California Quail.
In the 1800s there were the gold rushes in Sacramento, 1849, then Ballerat and Bendigo in the state of Victoria Australia in the 1850s and then Otago in 1861. Later there was the Yukon in Alaska. There was a great movement of people around the Pacific rim. Many of the local families here were originally American. They bought their plants with them
The two big trees below were planted in 1867, are already huge but still young. They are protected as historic and significant items.
|Central Otago Sequoias. Planted 1867|