Follow-up report to: 2017 Tales of White Trees . Dennis from Erwitte Germany sent us fresh pictures of his seven-year-old sectorial albino chimera he named ‘Soluna’. The tree is approximately 4’ tall and to date is still the only chimeric albino Sequoia sempervirens known outside the United States. From these latest pictures, we can see that the tree’s foliage has also developed into a pale green albino chimera. This combination is exceptionally rare to see and similar to the virescent foliage seen on the Cotati Tree. Although the cause of the mutation is still undetermined, the cold weather of Germany appears to be playing a role. There have been reports from the Netherlands of Coast Redwoods exhibiting mottled appearing foliage. Thanks again Dennis for keeping us up to date with your chimeric redwood.
While hiking above the Sonoma Coast near the town of Jenner, a San Francisco photographer named Eric H. came across this basal albino redwood. The mutation appears to be relatively young exhibiting vigorous shoots. Located only a mile from the coast, Eric reported that the albino redwood was found near a group of dead redwoods. It possible that the trees died due to a slow-moving landslide. A field investigation will need to be done to see if stressors may have played a role in causing this mutation. Thanks Eric for sharing this discovery with us.
A few years back Barbara J. from Central Oregon reported that she had an aerial albino redwood growing in her backyard. No pictures were available at the time but we took Barbara for her word and marked it down for a future visit. The opportunity to see this albino came at the end of February and was definitely worth the visit. Growing in a fan-like shape, this NCV albino redwood spreads throughout the lower crown of the main tree. The parent redwood was purchased as a sapling from Trees of Mystery in 1990 & planted out in Barbara's back yard the same year. Around the year 2000, the mutation started developing into the large aerial NCV albino that we see today. Barbara believes that pollution from a nearby creek may be the reason why this mutation formed within her redwood. Thanks, Barbara for the visit and for providing the historical account on the tree.
Jared M. from Oakland gave us an update on the status of an albino redwood growing in the Oakland hills. The tree was originally reported to us by a lady named Wendy in the 2016 Tales of White Trees article. As we can see, the albinism has grown and expanded in the last four years. Follow-up reports like this are important in tracking the growth patterns within these mutations. They may be able to tell us if their growth is continuous, cyclical or if they’re in decline. Tracking this data, we can compare information from the local weather history to see if there’s a correlation between growth and climate variations with albino redwoods. Thanks, Jared for your photos and the update on the tree.
Sophia C. from the San Francisco Peninsula shares with us pictures of a small yet beautiful chimeric albino redwood she discovered on her neighbor’s tree. This little gem of a mutation appears to have only formed within the last few years. Due to its tiny size, albino redwoods this small can either continue to grow or disappear altogether. Because of Sophia’s sharp eyes, we’ll be able to track this little diamond in the rough years to come.
Tree enthusiasts Jeff. M revealed to us a truly one-of-a-kind discovery. Located in the Southern Sierra, Jeff found this aerial albino on a Sierra Redwood, otherwise known more commonly as a Giant Sequoia. As of this writing, there are less than five known cases of albinism on Sequoias within their natural range. This extraordinary find is important in understanding if mutations on this tree species behave similarly to what’s seen on Coast Redwoods. Jeff has explained that this mutation formed on a tree that is currently experiencing changes to its soil environment. Cattle and the waste they’ve produced have been accumulating around the tree. This in turn can change the micronutrients available for the trees which they have depended on for thousands of years. Whether the soil is the cause of this mutation remains to be seen, but what’s becoming clear is albinism is occurring on redwoods that have been affected by foreign introductions to their natural environment. Thanks again Jeff for this spectacular find!