Eureka--There's no beach location in California that offers the look and feel of the Christmas holiday more than stunning Humboldt County. Home to the giant redwood forests that visitors from around world flock to see, there are forests filled with the world's tallest living trees and some special favorites that truly bring meaning to the term, White Christmas.
The rare Albino Tree
A 20-foot tall albino tree with white pine needles, Spirit Tree, sprouts from the base of a giant redwood in a redwood grove about three miles north of the town of Redcrest, and less than an hour's drive south of Eureka. If you've never seen the redwood forests in amazing Humboldt County, you have to go! The winter season with cooler temps and often a sprinkling of rain brings the cozy holiday feel that beach-goers long for. But you can visit this amazing tree all year long and feel like a White Christmas any time.
The unique "white tree" mutation is recorded in Native American legends such as Pomo Indian traditions, according to a historian who found reference to this unique conifer and its use in cleansing ceremonies. Six of these rare "forest ghosts" live in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. You may think of them as Ghosts of Christmas Past (from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.) Indeed, if the trees in these redwood forests could speak they would be the longest living historians. Amidst a 450-mile stretch of Pacific Coast beginning in southern Oregon not far from Humboldt County, and ending just south of Monterey, California, visitors can look at the oldest verified redwood trees dated to at least 2,200 years of age (foresters believe that some may be much older.) The coast redwoods of Humboldt County are the tallest living species on Earth, often reaching heights of 300 to 350 feet. Standing six stories taller than the Statue of Liberty, a coastal redwood tree, Hyperion, in northern Humboldt County's Redwood National Park, was recently measured at 378.1 feet! The dazzling forests of Humboldt County offer many unique, one-of-a-kind trees to see, with two of the rare albino redwoods located near the Avenue of the Giants. This 30-mile stretch of old Highway 101 that cuts through Humboldt Redwoods State Park is home to the largest remaining stand of virgin redwoods in the world. For more information about visiting Humboldt County where these trees are located, and to learn about fantastic Victorian buildings, hotels, bed and breakfast inns, historic museums, art, shopping and superb dining, contact Humboldt County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 1034 2nd Street, Eureka CA 95501. Call: (800) 346-3482. redwoods.info
With less than a two dozen (24) albino redwoods in existence, this rare white-colored redwood grows by tapping into the roots of a nearby redwood tree for sustenance. It lacks chlorophyll, the green substance that allows plants to convert sunlight into food, so its needles never turn green. Typical redwoods use sunlight so efficiently (3-4 times more than pines) that they can grow even in deep shade, and they usually grow beautiful green needles.