Tree Planting at Niles Elementary School

September 11, 2002

A Giant Sequoia was planted at Niles Elementary School as a remembrance of the events that happened one year earlier and to replace a similar tree which was removed in the 1970's.  Individuals from the School, School grounds maintenance, and the City of Fremont Parks maintenance organized the student assembly so that all could participate in the planting.  Also present were representatives of Fremont's Fire and Police Departments.  
The Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) is California's State Tree along with its close relative the Coastal Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens).  Though not the tallest tree, its height and girth make it the most massive living plant on earth.  Sequoias are also among the oldest living trees in the world.  Trees in Sequoia National Park are over 2,000 years old, and one tree was at least 3,300 years old before it fell.  Its native range is restricted to groves in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, but it will grow well when planted in other areas.  This tree is expected to live for the next 100 to 150 years and grow to 100 feet tall.
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