Thread: Giant Redwods In Alaska?

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  1. #1

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    Giant Redwods In Alaska?

    Well I have some year old Sequoia sempervirens - "Coast Redwood"
    and I want to plant them in my yard (i've got a nice place for one of them). I live in Anchorage and I think this is between zone 3 and 4.

    Does anyone really think they have a chance?

    I think they do but it'll all depend on how harsh their first winter will be. I plan on plating them at the end of March or so. I think they'll have the best chance this way.

    Input is welcome.

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    Oak
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    RE: Giant Redwods In Alaska?

    I've read about a cultivar of Giant Sequoia, not Coast Redwood called Hazel Smith which is supposed to be zone 5ish hardy.

    How do your winters run on average? Here in St. Louis it seems the average yearly low is around zero F. but -10ish happens every decade or so. We don't keep much snow on the ground but seem prone to winter winds changing us between warm thirty degree days and colder days.

    In a flower bed three feet from my house a volunteer Maple seedling is still holding some leaves so I suppose its in a mini-microclimate. After seeing this, I can imagaine there is at least a chance you can get them to grow almost roof high before it starts dying back every year.
    Zone 6, St. Louis, MO

  3. #3
    pwk16
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    RE: Giant Redwods In Alaska?

    Sequoias and Redwoods don't like wind, heat, low humidity, poor soils, and freezing cold, but you could always give it a try. You might consider a baldcypress, instead.

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    RE: Giant Redwods In Alaska?

    Some days can get to -20+ F. It can get windy here too, but I am going to put it in a place where it will have some good protection.

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    Oak
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    Devil, good luck. On the bright side, if you do get one to grow for ten years perhaps you can sell rooted cuttings of it off as a new cultivar of Redwood! I know I'll be one of those in line.
    Zone 6, St. Louis, MO

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    RE: Giant Redwods In Alaska?

    My suggestion would be to grow it in a pot as long as you can to help it to climatize.

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