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Wellingtonia

Sequoiadendron spp.

Also known as

Big tree, Giant sequoia, Sierra redwood, Redwood

Sequoiadendron giganteum 01 by Line1 by Liné1 (CC BY 2.5)

Full Sun
Frost Hardy

8a

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

80m

Max

10m

35m

Min

7m

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Wellingtonia Overview

Sequoiadendron is a genus containing just 1 living species of hardy, evergreen, coniferous tree originating from mountainous habitat. Its latin name, Sequoiadendron giganteum, is the basis for commonly used terms for this genus such as giant sequoia and giant redwood. This species is only found in one wild location naturally, the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. Foliage is small and reduced to overlapping wedge-shaped needles and this species is typically grown for its impressive stature, growing to an average height of 50-85m, with a trunk diameter of around 6-8m.

How to propagate Wellingtonia

Seed

Propagate by seed sown in autumn or spring (but forms selected for leaf colour do not come true).

Cuttings

Evergreen current growth cuttings in autumn to spring. Deciduous softwood cuttings in summer.

Special features of Wellingtonia

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Wellingtonia

These trees can grow over 100m.