Another avenue that Chimera Redwoods is exploring is offering albino branches to the floral market. In 2016 albino branches from propagated subjects were trimmed and made into this beautiful arrangement. As you can see the result was surprisingly better than expected. Currently research subjects are undergoing ‘longevity’ testing to see how long these albino redwood branches can survive without being attached to the parent tree. We hope one day that these beautiful branches will accent many floral decorations in the future. As a green friendly note, no albino branches are procured from wild individuals. All branches are grown from subjects in our greenhouse facility.
For more information on Tom Stapleton's progress, please see this article below published in a recent newsletter:
With over 30 years’ experience in Sonoma County creating breathtaking shots, renowned photographer & visual artist Robert Janover has generously featured a chimeric albino redwood on the August cover of his 2017 calendar. This tree was the first natural chimeric albino redwood discovered back in 1997 and is still quite a showy specimen. This infamous tree marked a turning point in albino redwood studies that further led to a greater understanding of redwood mutations.
To see more of Mr. Janover’s amazing work and to order your own personal calendar, please visit:
Have you ever wanted to learn more about chimera albino redwoods? Would you like to see these fascinating trees up close? Now's your chance to meet the researchers who are bringing these mysterious trees out of the shadows. Come finish out summer by learning the science behind albino chimera redwoods and see how they are telling us about the overall health of the redwood forest. Arborist Tom Stapleton & Plant Biology PhD student Zane Moore will be hosting several events over a three week period discussing their latest research. In addition to these discussions, there will be other interesting topics regarding redwoods that you'll be sure to enjoy. Outside of park admission, the cost to attend these events are free!
Hope to see you there!
August 12th @ 3 pm Golden Gate Dairy Farm House in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area:
Zane Moore will be putting on a talk about albino redwoods in the San Francisco Bay Area. For those not wanting to travel far, this is your best bet to catch a local event. Duration 60 minutes.
August 13th @ 8:30 am in Muir Woods:
Zane Moore will be leading a guided walk and tree measuring demonstration. This will be your chance to see how the experts determine which trees become the next tall champion. Duration 60 minutes.
August 25th @ 7 pm Big Basin State Park Campfire Talk:
Zane Moore, will be speaking about Big Basin’s tallest tree in the world south of San Francisco, and then discuss the extremely rare albino redwoods, considered by some to be the redwood's biggest mystery. Duration 45 minutes. Big Basin State Park Events
August 26th @ 12:30 pm Big Basin State Park Guided Walk:
Come learn how researchers measure the tallest trees in the world. Join Zane Moore, to learn about measuring these tall, tall trees. Zane will show you how scientists determine the height, size and ages of these trees. We’ll look at the history and future directions of tree measurement from cameras to lasers to drones. This 1-mile, 90-minute walk will take us to where technology and trees meet. Duration 90 minutes
September 2nd @ 3 pm Humboldt Redwoods State Park Guided Walk:
Join Tom Stapleton on a guided walk to see some of the most unique albino redwoods in the park. On this walk you'll have the chance to learn about albino redwoods and see the fascinating aspects of their unique growing environments. The highlight of the walk will be the opportunity to see the largest aerial albino redwood known. The starting location will be at the HRSP Visitor Center. Duration 90 Minutes. Humboldt Redwoods State Park Events
September 2nd @ 8:30 pm Humboldt Redwoods State Park Campfire Talk:
Tom Stapleton will be putting on a slide show presentation on albino chimeric redwoods to park visitors and guests. The talk will consist of the history of albino redwoods, the various types found, & the latest research. This will be an opportune time to see live chimera albino redwoods on display. The campfire talk will be held next to the HRSP Visitor Center. Duration 50 minutes. Humboldt Redwoods State Park Events
September 3rd 10 am-4 pm Forestlands Expo Ft. Bragg Booth Display:
For the second year in a row, Tom Stapleton will be putting on an exciting booth presentation about albino chimeric redwoods at the Forestlands Expo in Ft. Bragg Labor Day weekend. If you are not able to attend earlier events, here’s your chance to see a pictorial display about the research Tom and his colleagues are conducting with these unique trees. For more information on the Forestlands Expo and the Paul Bunyan Day festivities, please see this link: Forestlands Expo Ft. Bragg Sep 3rd
Here's an article plus phone interview with Zane Moore & Kaleigh Rogers from Motherboard discussing the ongoing experiments currently underway with chimeric albino redwoods. Although absent from the interview, Arborist Tom Stapleton is actively involved with these experiments by providing the chimeric albino redwoods necessary to hopefully answer the fascinating questions Zane has pointed out within the article. With their ongoing collaboration efforts moving forward, both men hope an exciting breakthrough can be made in the near future. Below is the link to the article.
An article featured in the American Conifer Society Central Region newsletter. Published with permission & courtesy of Editor Jerry Belanger: