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You can view and search a detailed list of plants that are found in Redwood National and State Parks by visiting the CalFlora online database. iNaturalist is a great mobile app for identifying plants.
The Klamath Inventory and Montoring Network creates on-line newsletters about different plants and animals found in the park. Our own park rangers also provide basic information about what plants are blooming in the parks.
Do you want to learn a more about recent discoveries in redwood forests and other park habitats? Our park partners at Humboldt State University have created the Forest Physiology Lab for staying upto date with the cutting edge science being done in the parks.
Learn about forest health and diseased trees in Redwood National Park.
What Kinds Of Plants Will You See Here?
Hardy Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis), able to withstand salt winds and harsh conditions better than other conifers, dominate the most exposed forest sites. Crescent Beach, Gold Bluffs Beach, Freshwater Lagoon Spit, and the Coastal Trail are great places to discover these tenacious maritime residents.
The coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) and Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) are the two dominant trees of the old-growth redwood forest. The species associated with redwood groves varies according to whether an area is upland, streamside (riparian), along a flood plain (alluvial), or close to the ocean. Many kinds of moss, like the Electrified Cat's Tail moss are found in the redwood groves.
Salt spray and salt-laden wind injure redwoods; the beach, dune, and scrub communities provide the coast redwood with a buffer from the harsh coastal climate.
The protected valleys and alluvial flats found along streams and creeks provide ideal growing conditions for the coast redwood, with many trees exceeding 300 feet (100 meters) in height. Other trees include hardwoods such as tanoak (Lithocarpus densiflorus), madrone (Arbutus menziesii), California bay or laurel (Umbellularia californica), and red alder (Alnus rubra). Sword fern (Polystichum munitum) and redwood sorrel (Oxalis oregana) are the most common members of redwoods' understory, and are accompanied by rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum), huckleberry (Vaccinium spp.), salal (Gaultheria shallon), azalea (Rhododendron occidentale), and other shrubs.
On dry, windy slopes and ridges, redwood growth is limited by water stress. Here, trees may reach an average height of 200 feet (61 meters) or less.
Last updated: April 27, 2021