I was fortunate enough to visit California for a fortnight in February 2019, and during my time there I went to the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. For those of you who do not know, Redwood Trees are amongst the oldest living things on Earth and can live for 1,200 – 1,800 years or more. They are also some of the largest trees that exist, which can reach close to 400 feet in height with a trunk circumference of up to 30 feet. Just look at the picture above! Can you believe that those trees developed from a seed the size of an oatmeal flake?
With these trees being so tall and wide, one would expect their roots to be incredibly deep to support the huge mass above ground. You will be surprised to know that the roots of Redwood Trees are only up to 12 to 14 feet deep! The reason a tree this large can remain strong and stable for many centuries is because of what goes on underground. Redwood Trees thrive in thick groves, and their roots spread out sideways and intertwine with each other.
This complex network beneath the ground gives Redwood Trees a tremendous amount of strength, which allows them to withstand incredibly strong winds and raging floods. The root network is also a key part of how Redwood Trees support and sustain each other over time, transferring water and nutrients where they are required and contributing towards strong growth, resilience, and incredibly long life.
The success of Redwood Trees is deeply rooted (mind the pun!) in the efficient application of teamwork and collaboration. They support each other with their strong roots to ensure that they remain standing amidst the chaos of nature’s forces. They work together to effectively share resources, enabling them to grow into mighty trees that can withstand the tests of time. They are a resilient tree species because of their inherent ability to work for the greater good of all trees within their network.
Over time, a lot of people have said that we can look to nature for inspiration and solutions. In nature, especially in the case of Redwood Trees, teamwork and collaboration is the done thing. If our human species ever need to be reminded of the importance of teamwork and collaboration to support growth, strength, and longevity, then this is a perfect example.