Redwood Database

An index of all Redwood cultivars both in and out of commercial production.

Sequoia sempervirens ‘Big Bonsai’

Coast Redwood

‘Big Bonsai’ is a Sequoia sempervirens cultivar introduced in 2008 by Jan Kools and the Nelis Kools Nursery in the Netherlands. As its name suggests, ‘Big Bonsai’ develops into an upright, conical plant with a slow growth rate, resembling a large bonsai tree (Auders & Spicer 2012).

One of the distinguishing features of ‘Big Bonsai’ is its very small leaves, which appear after the first year of growth. This characteristic, combined with its compact and slow-growing habit, gives the plant a unique, ornamental appearance that sets it apart from the typical form of the species.

The compact size and bonsai-like appearance of ‘Big Bonsai’ make it an attractive choice for gardens and landscapes where space is limited, or where a more manageable and sculpted version of the coast redwood is desired. It may also be suitable for use in large containers or as a focal point in small gardens.