Trees, Giant

TREES, GIANT, are a hallmark of BC, where some of the tallest specimens in the world have been known to grow. The Faculty of Forestry at the University of BC maintains a BC Big Tree Registry. The leading "tall tree" species is DOUGLAS FIR, a species that is marvellously contrived for the mild, rainy coastal climate. To obtain the light necessary to its growth, the Douglas fir throws up a tremendous shaft equipped with special cells with spiral thickening to withstand strain. (The Australian...

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