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Uses

Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Sequoiadendron giganteum.

Material uses

Wood - coarse-grained, very light, soft, very durable, rather brittle. Used for shingle, construction, fence posts etc[1][2][3][4][5].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Sequoiadendron giganteum.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Canopy

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow early spring in a cold frame in light shade. Seed can also be sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse. Germination rates are usually very low[1], two months cold stratification might help[6]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter, planting them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer. Plants will require some protection from cold and spring frosts for their first year or two outdoors[7]. If there are sufficient seeds, they can be sown in a lightly shaded outdoor bed in late March[7]. Grow them on for two years in the seed bed before planting them out into their permanent positions in late autumn or early spring.

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Cultivation

An easily cultivated, fast-growing tree[8], it prefers a deep rich soil and a sunny sheltered position[9][1][8]. Thrives in any soil, site or exposure[8] including a hot dry position. Tolerates light shade only when very young[10], older plants strongly dislike shade[1]. Does not thrive on shallow chalk[10]. Established plants are drought resistant[10]. Dislikes atmospheric pollution[10].

This species is the biggest (but not the tallest) tree in the world[8] and can weigh up to 2000 tonnes[11][10]. It is also a very long-lived tree in the wild, specimens have been found that are 3500 years old[8]. Fairly fast growing in height in Britain, annual increases of 60cm for the first 50 years or more are common[11]. Increase in girth can be spectacular, 7 - 10cm a year being the average[11]. Trees appear to be long-lived in Britain[11]. Best planted into its permanent position when no more than 30 - 50 cm tall[10]. Trees are notably susceptible to honey fungus[8][10]. The foliage is hard and harsh to the touch and readily emits a scent of aniseed[11].

Cones take 2 years to mature[4]. In its native habitat the cones are retained on the tree with viable seed for up to 30 years[11]. The cones open after the heat of a forest fire[10].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

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Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Sequoiadendron giganteum
Genus
Sequoiadendron
Family
Taxodiaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
7
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Drought
  • Strong wind
Ecosystems
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Life
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
Mature Size
Fertility
?
Pollinators
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type

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References

  1. ? 1.01.11.21.31.41.5 Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
  2. ? 2.02.1 Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim (1959-00-00)
  3. ? 3.03.1 Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (1974-00-00)
  4. ? 4.04.14.2 Sargent. C. S. Manual of the Trees of N. America. Dover Publications Inc. New York. ISBN 0-486-20278-X (1965-00-00)
  5. ? 5.05.1 Elias. T. The Complete Trees of N. America. Field Guide and Natural History. Van Nostrand Reinhold Co. ISBN 0442238622 (1980-00-00)
  6. ? Dirr. M. A. and Heuser. M. W. The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation. Athens Ga. Varsity Press ISBN 0942375009 (1987-00-00)
  7. ? 7.07.1 Sheat. W. G. Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers. MacMillan and Co (1948-00-00)
  8. ? 8.08.18.28.38.48.5 Rushforth. K. Conifers. Christopher Helm ISBN 0-7470-2801-X (1987-00-00)
  9. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
  10. ? 10.010.110.210.310.410.510.610.710.8 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  11. ? 11.011.111.211.311.411.5 Mitchell. A. F. Conifers in the British Isles. HMSO ISBN 0-11-710012-9 (1975-00-00)
  12. ? Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named PFAFimport-71

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