Weeping Giant Sequoia
Sequoiadendron giganteum 'Pendulum'
Weeping Giant Sequoia
Sequoiadendron giganteum 'Pendulum'
How are the heights measured?
All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.
What is a gallon container?
Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.
How does the delivery process work?
All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!
Why are some states excluded from shipping?
The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.
Some plants are similar to others, and don’t have a very distinct personality. The Weeping Giant Redwood is the opposite – a tree with massive personality – so much so that no two trees every look the same. Each one develops in its own way, with a unique pattern of growth. First it grows upright, then it loops over in a full circle to grow downwards. From that loop new shoots develop, so hanging vertically down like a curtain, but one will grow up some more, before circling over again to repeat the process. The result is a spectacular, narrow upright tree, but with curtains of cascading branches hanging downwards. It can reach 25 feet or more, while remaining just 3 to 4 feet wide. Even as a young tree it will charm and fascinate you, and the longer you grow this tree the more dramatic it will become. In the evening it will look like a friendly ghost, in the day like a cleverly-trained Zen masterpiece, but it needs nothing special from you to develop in this unique way.
- Dramatic weeping form in a narrow upright tree
- Soft grey-green evergreen foliage
- Every tree becomes a unique individual
- Perfect by water or in an Asian-style garden
- Easily grown, yet eye-catching and rarely seen in gardens
The Weeping Giant Redwood grows best in a sunny spot in ordinary well-drained soil. Keep it well-watered when young, and do not let it become completely dry for long periods as an established tree. It grows best in areas with good rainfall that are not too hot and humid in summer. It has no pests or diseases and it is normally not eaten by deer. The only care is to provide a stake to encourage it to grow upright when young. This unique tree is rarely available, so it really is something very special.
- Plant Hardiness Zones 6-8
- Mature Width 3-4
- Mature Height 25-45
- Sun Needs Full Sun, Partial Sun
Some upright specimen evergreens form crisp, erect pillars of symmetrical form. These are perfect for more formal gardens, but they can look a little out of place in casual, modern gardens where there needs to be more focus on the plants themselves, and less on the geometry of the garden. There are, however, some upright evergreens that are anything but formal in shape, but still take up very little horizontal space in the garden. This makes them ideal for a smaller garden, where to get enough variety, each plant cannot take up too much room. The Weeping Giant Redwood is one of the premium plants in this category. It will grow into a tall, upright evergreen tree, yet it needs very little horizontal room.
This tree is anything but ‘formal’ – in fact this is one of the most eccentric trees around, and has been compared by some to Casper the Friendly Ghost. It begins to grow straight up, then seems to change its mind, looping over and then growing upward again. The branches decide to hang down, adding to the interest, and in the soft light of early evening it can be hard to decide what this strange creature in your garden actually is! Yet it is also graceful and elegant, with its unique mix of upright habit and downward sweeping branches, so it makes a dramatic specimen and feature in your garden.
Growing Weeping Giant Redwood Trees
The Weeping Giant Redwood grows to at least 25 feet tall, and eventually taller, but for its entire life it is only 3 or 4 feet wide. It grows well from zone 6 into warmer areas, so it tolerates winter temperatures as low as minus 10 degrees, remaining lush and green throughout the winter months. Although it is not fast-growing, even when young this tree is attractive and interesting, so you will be captivated by it as it gradually develops into a grand specimen in your garden. Place it near a water feature or a pool. Use it a natural garden with other informal plantings. It has all the Zen characteristics suitable for an Asian-themed garden too, so there are few places it will not look great. This plant is not offered for sale very often, so it will be a unique feature and a great talking point with family, friends and neighbors.
Plant your Weeping Giant Redwood in a sunny spot, in soil enriched with organic material. Keep it well-watered, especially in the first years, but also later during dry periods. It will grow well in most soils, and does best in area that are not too hot and humid during the summer months.
Pests and Diseases
It has no significant pests or diseases and it is normally not eaten by deer. It needs no special care to become a dramatic and spectacular feature in your garden, but it may be helpful to provide a tall stake for the first few years, to keep the central stem growing upwards to a good height, before the tree continues to do that for itself – in its own eccentric way.
History and Origins of the Weeping Giant Redwood
The Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum) is the famous ‘Big Tree’ that grows naturally only in a very limited area on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. Trees have been shown to live for 3,500 years, and they can reach heights of 300 feet. At ground level the trunks have been measured up to 27 feet across. The weeping form called ‘Pendulum’ is very much smaller and more suitable for gardens. It was found originally in a nursery in Nantes, France in 1863. Although known for a long time, it remains rare in gardens, because it takes skilled growers to produce new trees.
At the Tree Center, we are thrilled to have found a skilled grower to provide us with plants of the Weeping Giant Redwood. Of course, this tree is nothing like the regular Giant Redwood, and should not be confused with it. It has a unique growing habit. The central stem grows upright for a while, then curves over, causing new shoots to develop along the curved area, most of which hang down in a curtain, but one of which will usually grow upwards to repeat the process. This looping, curving growth gives a very special character to the tree.
This very special tree is rarely offered for sale, even at specialist nurseries, so we know that our supplies will not last. To have something very special (but easy to grow), bring its unique image to your garden and order now, as we do not know when we will be able to offer this tree again.