Answer: Sequoia prefers to grow in moist, acid, deep, well-drained soils where the atmospheric humidity is high year around. In your neck of the woods, the ground water shouldn't be much of a problem, but your dry summers may cause distress to the foliage. When these trees are under stress they develop a flared rather than a straight trunk and they drop lots of needles. Instead of a redwood, why not consider a better adapted evergreen - cedar, pine, hemlock, or Doug fir? You'll be happier with the performance! In general terms, the smaller the plant, the faster it becomes established. If you want a "finished" look in a hurry, plant the largest specimen you can afford. Otherwise, choose a smaller plant. Once the roots become established it will grow into an attractive plant a few years down the road.
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