SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Cal Poly Campus - San Luis Obispo, CA, Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA, The National Arboretum - Washington, DC, UC Santa Cruz, CA, Los Gatos, CA, Sacramento, CA and Lotusland - Santa Barbara, CA
Needs ample water. Resistant to oak root fungus. Several cultivars are commercially available.
Has fragrant Bark and Leaf.
Native to California.
A Sequoia sempervirens in Jedediah Smith State Park is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 321 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 950 inches and a crown spread of 80 feet.
Previously listed in the Taxodiaceae family.
Erect and requires ample growing space.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 70 - 100 feet. In the wild may reach 365 feet.
Width: 15 - 30 feet.
Growth Rate: 36 or More Inches per Year.
Longevity Greater than 150 years.
Leaves Linear, Medium to Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Brown. Flowers in Spring or Winter. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).
Brown Cone, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Fall or Winter.
Bark Red Brown, Fibrous or Furrowed.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 4 - 9 and 14 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 8 - 10.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Moderate Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Beetle Borers and Redwood Bark Beetle, Armillaria, Phytophthora, Cypress Canker and Root Rot.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Strong.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Allergy Health Hazard.
Biogenic Emissions considered Moderate.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Sequoia sempervirens Tree Record." 1995-2018. May 22, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/sequoia-sempervirens >
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