Sequoiadendron giganteum 'Blauer Eichzwerg' / Blue dwarf giant sequoia

Sequoiadendron giganteum 'Blauer Eichzwerg' is an dwarf, upright, pyramidal, selection of giant sequoia with short, stout, symmetrical branching and prickly blue-gray foliage that fades to more of a gray-blue color in winter. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 2 to 3 feet (60 - 90 cm) tall and 2-thirds as wide, an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm). This conifer is an excellent choice for those who want to represent this classic species, but lack the garden space for a 300-foot (80 m) tall tree.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the late 1980s by Herbert Rihacek of Eichgraben, Austria. In the German language, "Blauer Eichzwerg" literally translates into "Blue Oak-dwarf" which is nonsensical. Quite likely, the originator borrowed the first half of his home town to construct the cultivar name. Equally nonsensical is the trade name Blue Iceberg™ as it is occasionally seen listed.

Sequoiadendron giganteum 'Blauer Eichzwerg' — a mature specimen in an arboretum setting.
Photo by Sam Pratt, courtesy of Conifer Kingdom, inc.
Sequoiadendron giganteum 'Blauer Eichzwerg' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Sam Pratt courtesy of Conifer Kingdom, inc.
An absolutely massive specimen of Sequoiadendon giganteum 'Blauer Eichzwerg' in the Flora Wonder Arboretum at Buchholz Nursery, Gaston, Oregon.
Photo by David Olszyk
Sequoiadendron giganteum 'Blauer Eichzwerg' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by David Olszyk

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