California drought causing problems for redwood trees

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LOS ANGELES, CA - It doesn't look like California's historic drought is going to let up anytime soon and now the dry spell is starting to affect redwood trees planted inland and along the coast.

"When the drought comes and increases that stress, you'll see huge problems with diseases and branch dieback and sometimes ultimately the death of the whole tree," said LA County Arborist, Frank McDonough.

In southern California, many of the redwood trees planted there are native to areas with plenty of fog and rain. Tree experts say in their natural habitat, they get between 50-100 inches of rain.

"They're really out of their element here," McDonough said. "When they grow larger, they actually become more stressed because they need more water and they can't get the amount of water they need even by irrigating here."

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