Redwood Database

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

Sequoia sempervirens ‘Pendula’

Coast Redwood

‘Pendula’ is a weeping cultivar that exhibits a straight trunk typical of the species, with the first-order branches arching widely downwards. These primary branches bear gracefully pendulous or nodding branchlets, resulting in a strikingly narrow and graceful columnar form when grown well. This cultivar was raised from seed prior to 1899 by the Rovelli Brothers firm in Italy, as documented by Auders and Spicer in 2012 and through personal observation.

Unlike the species’ characteristic conical shape, ‘Pendula’ displays a distinctive weeping habit, with the branches and branchlets cascading downwards from the central trunk. This growth pattern creates a narrow, columnar silhouette that sets it apart from the typical form of Sequoia sempervirens. While maintaining the straight trunk common to the species, the drooping branches impart a graceful, elegant appearance to this cultivar.

The weeping habit of ‘Pendula’ is a result of the widely arching first-order branches, which then bear the delicately pendulous branchlets. When provided with optimal growing conditions, this cultivar can achieve a striking columnar form, with the cascading branches adding a sense of movement and fluidity to its overall structure.