Redwood Database

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

Sequoia sempervirens ‘Nana Pendula’

Coast Redwood

‘Nana Pendula’ stands out as one of the few truly dwarf cultivars of Sequoia sempervirens, the coast redwood tree. This variety exhibits a prostrate, spreading growth habit, forming a mat-like structure with slender, flexible branches that droop at the ends. Over a period of ten years, ‘Nana Pendula’ can attain dimensions of approximately 0.35 meters in height and 2 meters in width. The mature leaves possess a somewhat glaucous green hue, while the young shoots emerging in spring often display a very pale yellow coloration. This cultivar was discovered in the garden at Curragh Grange, Kildare, Ireland, prior to 1923, as documented by Auders and Spicer in 2012.

In contrast to the towering height of the species, which can reach over 100 meters, ‘Nana Pendula’ maintains a compact, dwarf stature, making it suitable for cultivation in smaller spaces or as a ground cover. Its prostrate form and drooping branch tips contribute to its distinctive appearance. The color variation between the mature foliage and new growth adds visual interest throughout the growing season.