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What is a Sequoia Cactus?

Saguaro Cactus or Sequoia Cactus

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What is a Sequoia Cactus?

It's a Saguaro, Not a Sequoia

© Judy Hedding

I have noticed that there seems to be some confusion about the name of our large tree of the Sonoran Desert. Is it a sequoia cactus or is it a saguaro cactus?

As far as I know, there is no such thing as a sequoia cactus. The Sequoia is a kind of cypress tree, most familiar to people as a redwood. The name Sequoia is usually associated with Sequoia National Park.

Th saguaro, pronounced: suh-wah-roh, is a cactus that only grows in the Sonoran desert. Central and Southern Arizona, including the Phoenix area, are located in that desert.

Learn about saguaros and see photos.

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