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Posted by webmaster on January 20, 2015, 10:17 am, in reply to "Nutrients
Yes, they do, in several ways. Redwoods are quite thrifty and are very effective at extracting food and water from their surroundings. When they are done with their leaves or branches they are dropped to the ground. Other trees, plants and animals recycle this material and eventually return it to the earth in a different form for re-use.
There are a number of albino redwood trees in the parks. These are not capable of photosynthesis and rely on roots from 'mother trees' to supply them with nutrients.
It is possible the roots may also have a very primitive (to us) form of communication using chemical signals transmitted via fungi and mychorrizae. There is exciting research going on in this field.
: Do redwood trees share their nutrients with
: other trees in need?