Naturalised in 1922. Originated in California and North America.
Because of its impressive resistance to decay, redwood was extensively used for railroad ties and trestles throughout California. Many of the old ties have been recycled for use in gardens as borders, steps, house beams, etc. Redwood burrs (called burls in the Northern Hemisphere) are used in the production of table tops, veneers, and turned goods.
Today, old-growth redwood is scarce in the USA after extensive logging from the 1850's up until the 1980s. Nonetheless, it remains highly sought after for both woodworking and construction projects. Woodworkers value old-growth wood not only for its beauty but also for its durability.
Redwoods planted in New Zealand in 1901 are not native but have survived and reproduced on their own, blending with the native forest.