Great Plant Pick: Sequoiadendron giganteum ‘Pendulum’

No matter where you plant it, weeping giant sequoia is a tree that won’t go unnoticed.

No matter where you plant it, weeping giant sequoia is a tree that won’t go unnoticed. (Richie Steffen)

No matter where you plant it, weeping giant sequoia is a tree that won’t go unnoticed. (Richie Steffen)

What: Sequoiadendron giganteum “Pendulum,” aka weeping giant sequoia, is one of the most animate of all trees. The branches on this selection are tightly pendulous and conform to the trunk, which can be straight, but is more often twisting or leaning in one or more directions, creating a living sculpture — and no two will ever grow the same. The pendulous giant redwood is captivating in any garden or landscape due to its unusual form, and when space allows its is best planted in small groups of three to seven, giving the impression of a congregation of ghosts. Planted in a lawn emphasizes the captivating form, but it is equally effective looming over perennials, especially grasses and fine-textured plants. This is a tree that will not fail to be noticed.

Where: This sculptural tree grows best in full sun. It prefers a well-drained or sandy soil, but will tolerate clay if drainage is adequate.

Size: “Pendulum” grows to be 40 feet tall with a canopy 10 feet wide when mature.

Care: Once established, weeping giant sequoia is drought tolerant. Little pruning is needed. Note that pruning can ruin its beautiful form. Consult an expert pruner or take a local class before attempting to prune.

— Richie Steffen, Great Plant Picks

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