Evergreen, columnar with thick trunk and sweeping branches introduced into parkland.
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Gareth, I take on board your suggested I.D. of S.giganteum however the tree was identified 'in the field' by a Tree Surgeon who led an organised Tree Trail. Perhaps more close-up photos of foliage and bark might help. With respect
This looks much more likely to be Sequoiadendron giganteum than Sequoia sempervirens.Sequoia has foliage that is arranged a bit like yew whereas Sequoiadendron has scaly leaves that are quite different.I think close up photos are needed here to confirm the id, but my gut reaction is that it is Sequoiaodendron!
David J Trevan
If a treechappie IDed it then it should be correct, but Sequoia semp. doesn't normally have branches that ascend to such a degree but tend to be horizontal or slightly depressed. The leaves of Sequoia tend to scorch, in exposed situations, then turn brown, Sequoiadendron shed brown branchlets. The bark of Sequoia, although similar to Sequoiadendron, is a redder brown becoming dark brown with age and is a good deal harder; the latter being fairly soft hence a common name of 'Punch-bole Tree'. Were there any cones to be seen as Sequoia cones are smaller than Sequoiadendron which are at least as large as a Bantams egg.
Yes detail of leaves would be ideal.
I have added some close-up photos of the same tree for your consideration. It is a stand- alone tree surrounded by buildings and other trees/shrubs in an ornamental 'fringe'.
Difficult to photograph the leaves on the tree because of their height above ground and so had to resort to the alternative of selecting fallen specimens from the dense carpet around it.
Using available field guides and illustrations of Sequoia sp. I thought it likely to be S. sempervirens although I could be wrong. Regards
Agree Sequoia sempervirens, flat yew like foliage & small round cones. Thanks for the additional photos.
Having seen the photos of the foliage, bark and cones, agree totally that this is Sequoia sempervirens!
Lat/Lng: 53.404384, -2.877153
OS grid ref: SJ417900
Historic parkland location of Merseyside Biobank (LRC) and National Wildflower Centre.