I have a friend who left a Redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum) sapling out in the cold and snow a few months ago. It's still alive- it has some green needles still- but it's slowly getting browner and browner. What can be done to revitalize it?

It's about 8 inches tall, and under 6 months old. It's been in its current pot for about 2 months.

Picture of the tree Here's a picture of the tree. It looks like it's planted in sand, which would be bad, but it's an even mixture of sand, potting soil, and mulch. The soil and mulch has just been washed below the sand.

  • water it and wait, trees have amazing recovery powers but need time to do so. Gardeners often lack patience... – kevinsky May 3 '15 at 12:49
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    I would wait until the end of summer. If no growth happens by then the plant is probably dead. How about a pictures of the plant? – kevinsky May 4 '15 at 12:38
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    I just added a picture. – Michael Hoffmann May 5 '15 at 18:03
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    Looks like a going concern to me. I think it is well worth waiting to see if you get some new growth – kevinsky May 5 '15 at 19:08
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    Ok. I'll let my friend know, and keep this question updated as it changes. Thank you! – Michael Hoffmann May 5 '15 at 19:18

I don't think frost will damage it.

I noticed that on spring the Redwood tend to brownish, but later in end spring it will return green (blue green at the beginning).

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  • Thank you. If you can provide some references, or outside evidence of credibility, I'll mark this as the answer. – Michael Hoffmann Jun 9 '16 at 21:14

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