can anyone recommend me a Sequoia sempervirens dwarf cultivar?
One that will also grow no leader in time?
Any good experience?
I can recomment you the cultivar 'Kelly's Prostrate' which will keep flat for ever.
It's winterhardy here in The Netherlands so it also will work out fine for you in Germany...
Sequoia sempervirens 'Kelly's Prostrate'
No thanks, Benjamin...
Im sure he will surface again
thanks coniferjoy, this is exactly what i am looking for.
Sorry for my absence had some busy days.
Frosty Greetings! We are facing pretty cold days right now in Europe.
Concur on 'Kelly's Prostrate' and 'Nana Pendula' lovely as well. They have different looks so check them out and see which you prefer (and what is available there!)
Here is a link that might be useful: Form and Foliage
'Nana Pendula' is a synonym of 'Cantab', used for propagations of that cultivar that grow low for a time. In my experience this tends to not be a very long time, erect shoots soon appearing.
Interesting. I have a 'Cantab' that is about 4' tall, semi-weeping, looks nothing like my 'Nana Pedula' which is dead flat. The 'Cantab' is admittedly much older...
I have not seen a real ' Nana Pendula', but I saw a pic in a book and this is quite different from 'Cantab'. 'Cantab' has the same needles as 'Prostrata' and isn't a weeping form. Maybe ' Nana pendula' is a rooted cutting ( from a side branch )from 'Pendula'.
These must be different cultivars.
Thanx - I went out and examined both what I think is 'Cantab' and what I think is 'NP' - they look so different but my 'Cantab' is a relatively old plant, certainly much older than the 'NP' and age can make a difference. I guess I have to keep watching...
Different names for different expressions (cultivariants) of the same plant. In addition to those I've seen that already had grown the tree shape some time beforehand small specimens recently from nurseries or even still in the nursery are usually producing leads. I've had to cut my back repeatedly to keep it growing as a branch.
Apparently there is (if it still exists) or was another plant of different origin from 'Cantab' ('Prostrata') named 'Nana Pendula'. Photos on the internet support the implication that the erroneous use of 'Nana Pendula' for 'Cantab' ('Prostrata') is still occurring. This would be the basis for what I said, I didn't know (or forgot) that there actually was a possibly legitimately named 'Nana Pendula' that existed apart from the usage of 'Nana Pendula' (and 'Prostrata') for 'Cantab'.
Around 1927, F G Preston, then Superintendent of the Garden, found a witchÃ¢ÂÂs broom on the lower branches of a Sequoia sempervirens tree. This tree still stands at the southern end of the Systematics beds. Material taken from this witchÃ¢ÂÂs broom was grafted on to a root-stock and grown on here at the Garden; further material was grown on at T Hilling & Co, a plant nursery in Surrey.
The nursery presented a plant at an RHS show under the name Sequoia sempervirens nana pendula. It was described as a prostrate spreading form of the Californian redwood. This name was later discovered to have been already attributed to a different plant and it thereafter became known as Sequoia sempervirens Ã¢ÂÂProstrataÃ¢ÂÂ.
The plants that were grown here at Cambridge have so far retained this prostrate form but in the 1970s Roy Lancaster reported that some of the plants arising from material taken from the original witchÃ¢ÂÂs broom had developed different characteristics. An upright form, which was grown at HillierÃ¢ÂÂs Garden, had reached 5.5m in height and showed a loose conical habit rather than the prostate form shown in the plants grown at Cambridge. This upright form arising from the prostrate mutant was then named Ã¢ÂÂCantabÃ¢ÂÂ by Lancaster.
Today an example of the prostrate form can be seen close to Cory Lodge. It is a slow growing spreading conifer with flat grey-green needles, making an attractive dome
Here is a link that might be useful: Sequoia sempervirens âProstrataâ
Good info but unfortunately without a picture...
I agree.Thanks for this info.
Yes, thanks! My 'Nana Pendula' shows a very minor inclination to produce vertical growth (vs, for example, 'Kelly's Prostrate' which only goes sideways. Time will tell...
I just went out in the rain to take a picture of my 'Procumbans' where I let one shoot go vertical. (The trunk in the upper left)
The needles are wider and shorter than on the species. A little different color too.
I really should clean out those dead needles that just dropped. I've been busy cleaning up ice storm damage. I will get to it when I can. Ice can do a lot of damage to a garden more mature than most.
Here's a picture of the 'Cantab'.
The bark is softer than the species Sequoia and a Sequoiadendron.