Redwood Database

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

Sequoiadendron giganteum ‘Pygmaeum’

Giant Redwood

Pygmaeum’ is a distinctive dwarf selection of Sequoiadendron that was raised in France before 1891 (Dendrologie Online 2006; Auders & Spicer 2012). This cultivar is characterized by its rounded growth habit and slow growth rate, making it a valuable addition to the limited number of dwarf forms available for this species.

One of the most notable features of ‘Pygmaeum’ is its lack of a dominant leading shoot, which contributes to its rounded, almost shrub-like appearance. This growth habit sets it apart from the typical conical or pyramidal form of the species and makes it an excellent choice for small gardens, rock gardens, or as a container plant.

The foliage of ‘Pygmaeum’ ranges from pale green to somewhat glaucous, adding to its unique visual appeal. The lighter leaf colour provides a subtle contrast to the darker green foliage of many other conifers and can help to brighten up a garden setting.

At maturity, ‘Pygmaeum’ is expected to reach a height and width of approximately 2 m, making it one of the smallest known cultivars of Sequoiadendron. This compact size allows gardeners and collectors to enjoy the character and texture of the species in a more manageable form, without requiring the extensive space needed for a full-sized tree.