Burls on Redwood Trees

Though burls in redwood trees form interesting sculptures to look at, they serve an important role.

Burl is the knobby growth most commonly seen at base of some coast redwoods, though it can also be found high in the canopy as well. Burl is a woody material full of unsprouted bud tissue. It serves as a storage compartment for the genetic code of the parent tree. If the redwood falls or is damaged, the burl may sprout another redwood tree known as a clone.

Burls on Redwood Trees

Burls on Redwood Trees