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Trees
in the California Redwood Forests and
Big Basin State Park

Compiled by J. Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Tree species in the Coast Redwoods

1. Conifers.

Species. Seen on Big Basin S.P.'s Berry Creek Falls Loop Trail.
California nutmeg (Torreya californica). Yes.
Coast hemlock (Pseudotsuga menziesii). No. Look for it from Northwest California to Alaska.
Coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens). Yes.
Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii). Yes.
Grand fir (Abies grandis). No. Look for it from North California to British Columbia.
Knobcone Yes.
Monterey pine (Pinus radiata). No. Not actually "in" the redwood forest but docent naturalist Scott Peden reports that these pines border the redwood forest at RDO (near the Pacific coast).
Santa Cruz cypress (Cupressus abramsiana). No. A rare and endangered tree of sandy soil in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis). No. Look for it from North California to Alaska.

2. Broad-leaf trees.

Species. Seen on Big Basin S.P.'s Berry Creek Falls Loop Trail.
Bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum). Yes.
Black cottonwood (Populus tricocarpa). No.
Blue elderberry (Sambucus Mexicana). No.
California bay or California laurel (Umbellularia californica). Yes.
California black oak (Quercus kelloggii). No.
California box-elder (Acer negundo). No.
California buckeye (Aesculus californica). No.
California hazel (Corylus cornuta, ssp. californica). Yes.
California wax myrtle (Myrica californica). at the Creek Crossing leaving and enter park H.Q.
Canyon live oak (Quercus chrysolepis). No.
Coast live oak (Quercus agrifola). Yes.
Coast red elderberry (Sambucus callicarpa). No.
Interior live oak (Quercus wislizenii). No.
Golden chinquapin (Castanopsis chrysophylla). Yes.
Madrone (Arbutus menziesii). Yes.
Red alder (Alnus rubra). Yes.
Scrub oak (Quercus dumosa). Yes.
Tan oak (Lithocarpus densiflorus). Yes.
Vine maple (Acer circinatum). Yes.
Western sycamore (Platanus racemosa). No.

See also these books

Plants of the Coast Redwood Region Plants of the Coast Redwood Region
by botanists Kathy Lyons and Mary Beth Cooney-Lazane; photographs by Howard King.
Beautiful field guide to plants common in coast redwood forests like Big Basin. Color photos of each plant accompany informative text.
Wildflowers are grouped by color, to simplify identification.
Buy Trees of California Trees and Shrubs of California
by John Stuart and John Sawyer.
California's native California tree species and most of its common shrub species in one accessible field guide.
Over 100 line drawings, 300 range maps, and 40 color photographs.
Redwood Region Flower Finder Redwood Region Flower Finder: A Guide to Identifying Wildflowers of The Coastal Fog Belt of California
by Phoebe Watts, Sarah Ellen Watts (Illustrator).