Sequoiadendron giganteum 'Julian' / Julian Giant Sequoia

Sequoiadendron giganteum 'Julian' is a miniature, irregular globose selection of Giant sequoia with random, jumbled branching and peg-like, prickly gray-green foliage that is similar but much smaller and finer that seen in the species. After 10 years, a mature specimen will measure 6 inches (15 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of well under 1 inch (2.5 cm). Because of how tiny and strange this conifer is, it is best displayed grafted high on a standard.

This cultivar originated in the late 1990s as a seedling selected by Jan Kools of Duerne, The Netherlands. The plant is named in honor of Nelis Kools' nephew, Julian.

Sequoiadendron giganteum 'Julian' — a 5-year old potted specimen in a private collection in Washington.
Photo by David Olszyk
Sequoiadendron giganteum 'Julian' at the originator's nursery in The Netherlands.
Photo by Henk van Kempen