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Sequoiadendron giganteum

Syringa vulgaris Mme Florent Stepman - Lilac - Plant in 9cm Pot
£10.75
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SKU
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Sequoiadendron giganteum is the famous Giant Redwood or Wellingtonia.  Found in the wild, only in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, they are reputed to be one of the largest and oldest, living things on the planet and by far the most massive of all trees.  The oldest is older than 3500 years and the tallest just a fraction under 100mtrs. and weighs somewhere around 1200 tons, that is the equivalent of approx. 100 London double decker buses!  The first tree was bought into the Uk (as a seed) in 1853.  So, while we can confidentally conclude (based on current medical science) that neither you or I will see any of these plants grow to full size, it should be noted that they grow much faster in the Uk and a mature tree of 50-60 mtrs. tall will only need around 150 years in the present day climate. Either you plant for future generations or just to admire these rather beautiful trees while they are still young.  All that said, they never grow that large in the Uk. even though they are still one of the largest trees here.  Sequoiadendron giganteum is a lovely evergreen conifer and RHS Award of Garden Merit winner, with beautiful, blue green awl shaped needles, rough fissured bark and on mature trees, enormous buttressed trunks.  Easy to grow in most moist but free draining soils in sun or semi shade. They can be pruned to retain a more bush like structure (although to me that seems a rather sad thing to do to such a potentially majestic tree!)  Young plants must not be allowed to dry out until they are well established, however they are very hardy, enduring tempuratures as low as -35C once established.  Needless to say, while these are very attractive trees when young and are often planted only to be removed when too large, consideration must be given to the amount of space required to allow them to reach maturity. 
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Pot size 9cm
Size of the Pot 9 cm
Height ( fully grown ) Up to 80 Mtrs
Spread Up to 20 Mtrs
flowers None
Location Full Sun to semi shade
pruning Old to control growth
Other Attributes Stature, lovely blue green awl shaped needles and dark brown fissured bark
Key Feature Sequoiadendron giganteum is the famous Giant Redwood or Wellingtonia. Found in the wild, only in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California.
Hardines H7 ( < -20 C )
Soil Type Dry, Clay, Fertile, Loam, Poor
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