A Sierra Redwood (sequoiadendron gigantium) seedling, ready to plant. Giant sequoia is a very popular ornamental tree in many areas. It is has been successfully grown in the Pacific Northwest of North America north to southwest British Columbia, the southern United States, southeast Australia, New Zealand and central-southern Chile. It is also grown, though less successfully, in parts of eastern North America.Trees can withstand temperatures of −25°F or colder for short periods of time, provided the ground around the roots is insulated with either heavy snow or mulch. Outside its natural range, the foliage can suffer from damaging windburn.