Where to Plant Sequoias
How to Choose a Planting Site for Giant Sequoias
Want to plant a giant sequoia? The earth will thank you—that is, if you have a suitable planting site for your future carbon buster.
Remember, giant sequoias are not the same as coast redwoods: Each tree has different requirements to thrive, and what works for one might not work for another.
Use our checklist below to decide if you have the right spot to plant a giant sequoia.
|Ideal site characteristic||Explanation|
|Full sun||Giant sequoias cannot tolerate shade at any life stage. Make sure no nearby large trees or obstructions will compete with the sequoia for sunlight|
|Lightly moist, well-drained soils||Unlike coast redwoods, sequoias are accustomed to our summer droughts and are not in need of consistent access to moisture throughout the dry season. However, additional summer watering will be needed for at least the first year or two while the tree is getting established.|
|Ample open space||These trees are giants—it’s right in the name! Plant at least 30 feet from roads, sidewalks, and foundations, and away from overhead and underground infrastructure.|
|Hardiness Zones 6-8||Giant sequoias are more tolerant of the cold than redwoods, so you’re in luck if you live east of the Cascades!|
Now that you have found a good spot for your giant sequoia, it’s time to plant! See our blog post on How to Plant a Tree to ensure your sequoia gets a great start.
If you’ve determined that your site is not suitable for a giant sequoia, don’t give up! Perhaps a coast redwood could work instead. See our blog post about How to Choose a Planting Site for Coast Redwoods to find out.