Category: Tree - Evergreen
Zones: 7 to 9
Size: To 300', on the east coast Dirr guesses 40 to 60'
Growth Rate: Fast
Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade
Fast growing in its native habitat but much slower in the east. Needs moist, well-drained acid soil and prefers the natural cool moist atmosphere of the Pacific Coast.
'Swarthmore Hardy' - selected from a tree at Swarthmore College
'Kelly's Prostrate' - zones 6 to 8 - slow growing, 8" tall and 4' wide in 10 years
Published in Syn. Conif. 197 in 1847.
Native to California and Oregon.
It was discovered by Archibald Menzies in 1794 and first introduced into Europe (St. Peterburg) in 1840. Three years later Hartweg sent seed to England... has the distinction of being the world's tallest living tree, the record at present being held by the 'Harry Cole' tree in the Humbolt State Redwood Park, which, in 1988, measured 113m (371ft).
RHS Award of Garden Merit 2002.