Botanical Name: Sequoiadendron giganteum
Common Name: Giant Sequoia, Sierra Redwood, Big  
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California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Conifer


Height Range

40-60', 60-100'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Blue Green, Dark Green, Grey Green


Bark Color

Brown, Red


Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half, Shade



Very Low, Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Wetlands, Woodland


Accenting Features

Silhouette, Specimen, Unusual Shape


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Background, Lawn, Park, Roadside


Special Uses

Screen, Wind Break, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Wildlife

Information by: Jerry Sortomme - Editor
Photographer: Acacia Software/Mullany
  • Description

  • Notes

This dense, rapid grower has the potential to attain a height of 300' and 40-50' spread at maturity. Its small foliage has a grey-green to blue-green color, which is awl-shaped and spreads all around the shoot. The bark, with its highly distinctive red-brown color and soft, thick, resilient nature, becomes furrowed with age. The 2-3" cones produced by this tree are attractive as well.
This sequoia grows best in deep, rich, moist soils with an acid pH in order to encourage its deep root system. It should be grown in a sheltered position, away from strong winds. Once its general height is reached, top growth slows or stops entirely.