Sequoiadendron Giganteum Glaucum
Sequoiadendron Giganteum Glaucum. Blue Needle Giant Redwood
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Sequoiadendron Giganteum Glaucum is a magnificent tree which will in time reach a great height. This blue-needled variety of the giant Redwood needs to be carefully sited, but in the right place it will be a majestic tree indeed!
Native to the north-west coast of the United States, the first redwood seeds and saplings were brought back to the UK by William Lobb in 1853, where they immediately became a sensation for their great height, which is certainly the outstanding characteristic of the species. This rather smaller cultivar Sequoiadendron Giganteum Glaucum has attractive silver-blue needles which contrast well against darker green conifers, and a narrow columnar shape. The bark is a distinctive chestnut brown.
Reliably winter hardy through most of the UK, Sequoiadendron Giganteum Glaucum can top out at more than 50 metres in height with a spread of 10 metres after 50 to 80 years. It will grow up to 30 cm a year. Little or no pruning is required, and it is resistant to both deer and rabbits.
Plant your Sequoiadendron Giganteum Glaucum in moist, well-drained soil, preferably loam, sand or clay, deeply dug and with plenty of organic matter added. It will do well in an exposed location, as it will tolerate wind. Plant in full sun or light shade. Once well-established, Sequoiadendron Giganteum Glaucum will tolerate dry conditions.
Sequoiadendron Giganteum Glaucum is not a tree for the small garden. Even in a larger landscape, it needs to be carefully sited with consideration for its eventual size. Traditionally, the giant redwoods have been planted in the parklands of stately homes where they have room to grow. If you have a larger property, this is a magnificent specimen tree to appreciate from a distance, or experience its massive size up close. In the years until it reaches a commanding height, Sequoiadendron Giganteum Glaucum’s distinctive silver-grey needles graceful columnar shape will create a lovely picture against a background of darker green evergreen species.
By the time it reaches maturity, its spread will create a shaded space where a woodland garden of ferns could grow, just as in the native forests of the redwood. In a very large park setting, a group of Sequoiadendron Giganteum Glaucum would be a stunning sight, and create a deeply shaded wood.
Sequoiadendron Giganteum Glaucum is a specimen tree which, appropriately positioned, will become a long-lived and majestic part of the landscape. It is well worth investing in this giant of the tree world!
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