Redwood Database

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

Sequoiadendron giganteum ‘Peve Bonsai’

Giant Redwood

Peve Bonsai’ is a slow-growing Sequoiadendron cultivar that develops a pyramidal form and features dark green leaves. Despite its name, which suggests a miniature or dwarf habit, ‘Peve Bonsai’ is not a true bonsai in the strictest sense. Plants of this cultivar are capable of reaching a height of 1 m and a width of 0.4 m within ten years (Auders & Spicer 2012), making it a relatively compact selection but not as diminutive as the name might imply.

This cultivar was raised before 2003 by Piet Vergeldt, a nurseryman from the Netherlands, who likely selected it for its slower growth rate and more compact habit compared to the typical species. The dark green foliage of ‘Peve Bonsai’ adds to its appeal, providing a rich and lush appearance that contrasts well with its smaller size.

While ‘Peve Bonsai’ may not be suitable for traditional bonsai culture, its slower growth rate and compact pyramidal form make it an attractive choice for smaller gardens, rock gardens, or even large containers. It offers the opportunity to enjoy the character and texture of Sequoiadendron on a more manageable scale, without requiring the same amount of space as the species or larger cultivars.