The Oddest Tree on Earth?

Deep in the forests of Santa Cruz is a ghostly outlier worth tracking.

Usually, redwood trees are fed by the sun, growing tall and strong thanks to photosynthesis. Not so for one redwood in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. This albino tree, one of 50 known trees worldwide, lacks chlorophyll and survives by stealing “food” from neighboring redwoods. The snow-white leaves and branches are easily spotted in a forest of its green brothers and sisters. Grab a self-guided trail map from Henry Cowell’s front office and see it IRL at stop #14.

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Photos courtesy Kevin Bertolero via Flickr and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park via Facebook

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