Definition of redwood in US English:



  • 1Either of two giant conifers with thick fibrous bark, native to California and Oregon. They are the tallest known trees and are among the largest living organisms.

    Two species in the family Taxodiaceae: the California (or coast) redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), which can grow to a height of 325 feet (110 m), and the giant redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum), which can reach a trunk diameter of 35 feet (11 m)

    • ‘Among the colossal redwoods, proportions change and dimensions shift.’
    • ‘A grove of giant redwoods or sequoias should be kept just as we keep a great and beautiful cathedral.’
    • ‘The nursery offers other conifers, including Colorado blue spruce, deodar cedar, Douglas fir, and coast redwood.’
    • ‘Among the towering redwoods rise clumps of native trees.’
    • ‘It is just off the main route to the Redwood Park, home of the famed giant redwood trees that rise up to 367 feet and can live for more than 2,000 years.’
    1. 1.1 Used in names of other, chiefly tropical, trees with reddish timber.