Sequoiadendron giganteum 'Pendulum' is the classic, irregular weeping giant sequoia. No two plants are alike, creating both delight and consternation for those who wish to grow it. While a plant's central leader it quite dominant and strong, it tends to meander growing in all sorts of odd directions. Branching is strictly pendulous and foliage is species-typical gray-green in color.
After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 12 feet (4 m) tall with a spread that cannot be easily forecast. It should be noted that in parts of the country, sapsuckers (Sphyrapicus spp.) cause considerable damage to these conifers, drilling 1000s of holes, eventually weakening the tree and inviting diseases.
This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1863 at Lalande Nursery, Nantes France. Élie-Abel Carrière described it and first published its cultivar name in 1867 in Traité Général des Conifères.