Redwood, or Sequoia sempervirens, is the only species in the genus Sequoia, which is a member of the Cypress family. It is evergreen, exceptionally long-lived (over 2,000 years), and large. In fact, the tallest living trees in the world are Redwoods, with heights exceeding 380 feet with a 26 foot diameter, though in cultivation heights may be only slightly over a hundred feet. When grown from seed they can vary greatly, but with vegetative propagation there are now varieties which retain true and consistent characteristics. One of the most beautiful of these selections is Soquel coast redwood, or Sequoia sempervirens 'Soquel'. It has a symmetrical, pyramid shape formed by sturdy, horizontal branches that arch gracefully upwards at their tips. The foliage is also quite impressive as it has a bluish cast with the typical Redwood feathery texture. The bark is particularly beautiful as well, turning a bright orange on mature trees.

Suitable for large properties and parks, a Redwood is a preeminent specimen tree, or the centerpiece of a woodland garden.

Redwoods grow three to five feet per year and are remarkably pest-free. They do well in moist temperate environments such as the cooler, coastal US, the UK and temperate New Zealand and Australia.



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