Redwood Database

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

Sequoiadendron giganteum ‘Pirat’

Giant Redwood

‘Pirat’ is a slow-growing Sequoiadendron cultivar introduced by Pieter Zwijnenburg, a nurseryman from the Netherlands, before 2008. The most notable characteristic of this cultivar is its remarkably slow growth rate, with an annual increase of only about 10 cm (Auders & Spicer 2012).

This slow growth habit makes ‘Pirat’ an attractive choice for gardeners and landscapers who desire a more compact and manageable form of Sequoiadendron. Its reduced size and growth rate allow it to be used in smaller gardens, rock gardens, or even as a container plant, where the majestic character of the species can be enjoyed on a more limited scale.

While the slow growth rate is the primary distinguishing feature of ‘Pirat’, it is likely that this cultivar also possesses other unique characteristics that set it apart from the typical species. However, the available information from Auders & Spicer (2012) does not provide further details on its morphology, foliage colour, or other distinctive traits.