Redwood Database

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

Sequoiadendron giganteum ‘Julian’

Giant Redwood

‘Julian’ is a unique and rare cultivar of Sequoiadendron that exhibits a truly dwarf growth habit. It forms a dense, miniature, globular plant with pale, slightly glaucous foliage. The growth rate of ‘Julian’ is exceptionally slow, with plants reaching a mere 20 cm in diameter after ten years. At maturity, this cultivar attains a height and width of only 30–40 cm, making it one of the smallest known cultivars of giant sequoia (Dendrologie Online 2024; Auders & Spicer 2012).

This distinctive cultivar was developed in 1999 by Jan Kools, a nurseryman from the Netherlands, who named it after a relative. The compact size and slow growth rate of ‘Julian’ make it an ideal choice for rock gardens, small urban gardens, or even as a container plant. Its pale, slightly blue-green foliage adds a subtle contrast to the typically rich green color associated with the species.