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Blue Giant Sequoia

Sequoiadendron giganteum 'Glauca'

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Blue Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum 'Glauca') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Blue Giant Sequoia foliage

Blue Giant Sequoia foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  50 feet

Spread:  30 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Bigtree, Sierra Redwood

Description:

This majestic variety is more columnar in form with upswept branches covered in light blue foliage; color is most intense in winter; lovely red-brown, spongy bark and aromatic foliage make this a beautiful accent for the right space

Ornamental Features

Blue Giant Sequoia has blue foliage which emerges grayish green in spring. The fragrant scale-like leaves remain blue throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The furrowed brown bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Blue Giant Sequoia is an evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and may require the occasional pruning to look its best. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Blue Giant Sequoia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Blue Giant Sequoia will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 200 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Shade  Articulation 
Applications
Texture  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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