Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron) question

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Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron) question

Post by leunerj » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:21 pm

Hi all,

I grew this Sequoiadendron from seed about 16 years ago and it's planted in my dad's garden. It took a few years to get established but for the last 10 years has been growing strongly and putting on height and bulk. In the last two years though, I've noticed that the inner foliage - closest to the trunk - is going yellow and falling off. Is this normal? It seems to be most pronounced on the lower branches which makes me think (and hope!) that it's just a natural aging process. The top part of the tree seems fine and continues growing upwards. It's even started producing cones in the last two years! Can anyone shed any light?
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Re: Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron) question

Post by Conifers » Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:04 pm

Yep, normal, the inner, lower foliage gets shaded out naturally.


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Re: Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron) question

Post by leunerj » Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:13 am

Thanks Conifers... I was hoping you'd take a look at this icon_salut
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Re: Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron) question

Post by Conifers » Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:57 pm

Mature specimens lose all their lower branches, yours will look like this later on icon_thumright
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(in about 2000 years time! :lol: )


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Re: Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron) question

Post by leunerj » Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:49 pm

Conifers wrote:Mature specimens lose all their lower branches, yours will look like this later on icon_thumright

(in about 2000 years time! :lol: )
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Re: Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron) question

Post by greendragon » Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:18 pm

someone spraying weedkiller also looks like that.

I have seen very large redwoods at my local park that have foliage literally sweeping the ground around them.
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Re: Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron) question

Post by Conifers » Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:46 pm

greendragon wrote:I have seen very large redwoods at my local park that have foliage literally sweeping the ground around them.
If they're on open lawns in full sun dawn to dusk, yes. But not when surrounded by other plants, and fences, giving additional shade to the low branches.


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Re: Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron) question

Post by Dave Brown » Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:13 am

They are majestic trees but it's too dry here.

Best of luck leunerj icon_thumright Your dad needs a large garden to accommodate this in centuries to come :wink:
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