Gardening Articles: Landscaping :: Trees, Shrubs, & Vines

Archangel Ancient Tree Archive

by Susan Littlefield


Ancient specimens of trees are the largest and oldest living things on earth. To help keep these survivors from being irretrievably lost, Archangel Ancient Tree Archive was founded to save the genetics of these trees in a living library both for future scientific use and for functional reforestation.

This non-profit organization collects, archives, and propagates what one member refers to as "giant healing structures." They have collected 55 separate genotypes of old growth coast redwoods and have even rooted sprouts from the enormous Fieldbrook Redwood stump. When it was standing, this tree, of which only the stump remains, was over 32 feet wide at breast height, larger than any redwood left standing today. Archangel has also archived 14 separate genotypes of old growth giant sequoias, as well as oaks, hollies and birches from Ireland and native American species such as green ash, American beech, and white oak.

Currently, black willows and red osiers from their collection are being offered for sale as WaterWayTrees™. These plants are suited for use in watersheds, riparian zones, bio-swales and other areas that collect runoff to help clean the water and soil and stabilize lake and river beds. More species of trees will be offered for sale beginning in 2012.

For more information on how to support the gathering and regrowing of ancient trees and sign up for their online newsletter, go to: Archangel Ancient Tree Archive .

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