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Name: Susan
Status: educator
Age: 50s
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Date: 6/11/2004

I have heard two people in public refer to redwood trees as having relatively shallow interconnected root systems, as contrasted with, say, royal palm trees which have quite deep roots.

Is this true?

(How could such tall trees have relatively shallow root systems? How do they stand up? And how shallow IS shallow where redwoods are concerned?)

Possibly helpful:

Roots 10-13 ft deep:

Under conditions of stress, shallow roots from burl:

tree root systems:

Anthony Brach, Ph.D

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