This tree is also known as the California redwood. The coast redwood is the only living species of redwood in the sequoia family in the cypress family Cupressaceae. I have grown very fond of redwoods throughout my time in Santa Cruz. It amazes me how the trees can go 300 feet or taller, and how the trees grow back in rings around the original stumps of trees that once existed in their place.
The shining willow can be found in Santa Cruz, as it is a native species to the Pacific West and much of North America and Canada. These grow in wetlands and while they were formerly a sub-species, they are now their own species.
This species of baobab tree is native to Madagascar. They can grow as tall as 30 meters. Sadly, the species is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. I want to paint baobabs similar to the scene in this image someday.