This is a vast tree in its native area, perhaps 60-100 feet tall in the eastern USA and much taller in California. It is a beautiful, dense and oval-conical tree when young, with a narrow conical crown atop a bare trunk in maturity. The blue-green needles are up to 1/2" and it produces 1 1/2 - 3" cones. The spongy reddish-brown bark is ridged and furrowed and it is native to the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.
This species is the biggest (but not the tallest) tree in the world and can weigh up to 2000 tonnes. It is also a very long-lived tree in the wild, specimens have been found that are 3500 years old.
Sequoia is easily cultivated, fast-growing tree, it prefers a deep rich soil and a sunny sheltered position. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils.
The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It requires dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure. Hardy to zone 6B. Bonsai suitable.
Other Names: Worlds largest Tree, Giant redwood, Sierra redwood, Sierran redwood, Wellingtonia gigantea, Wellingtonia, Sequoia gigantea, Sequoiadendron Giganteum, General Sherman Tree, California giant tree or simply Big Tree.