Redwood Database

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

Sequoiadendron giganteum ‘Philip Curtis’

Giant Redwood

‘Philip Curtis’ is a dwarf selection of Sequoiadendron that exhibits a compact, pyramidal growth habit. Raised before 1997 by Don Howse, a horticulturist from the United States, this cultivar is known for its slow growth rate and diminutive size compared to the typical species.

Over a period of ten years, ‘Philip Curtis’ is expected to reach a height of approximately 1.5 m and a width of 0.75 m (Auders & Spicer 2012). This compact size makes it an ideal choice for smaller gardens, rock gardens, or even as a container plant, where the majestic character of Sequoiadendron can be enjoyed on a more manageable scale.

The compact, pyramidal form of ‘Philip Curtis’ is a defining characteristic of this cultivar, setting it apart from other dwarf selections that may have a more rounded or irregular habit. This neat, conical shape lends itself well to formal garden designs or as a focal point in small-scale landscapes.