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 (exceeding 2000 years), and large. Redwoods are the tallest surviving trees in the world whose heights exceed 380 feet with a 26 foot diameter. However, the nursery redwoods are often grown from seed which means  the resulting trees can vary greatly, but with vegetative propagation, or cuttings, superior varieties retain consistently superior characteristics. And one of the most beautiful of these selections is Soquel coast redwood, or Sequoia sempervirens 'Soquel'. This variety has an impressive, pyramidal shape formed by sturdy, horizontal branches that arch gracefully upwards at their tips. The foliage is also striking with a bluish cast and grey undersides and contrasts beautifully with the bright orange bark of mature trees. And Soquel is smaller than the species. Depending on conditions, it only grows 50 to 75 feet tall, a size more easily accommodated by today’s smaller gardens.

Soquel coast redwood makes a preeminent specimen tree, but it can also be of practical use when clustered for a windbreak or screen.

Redwoods can 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, New Zealand, and the cooler parts of Australia. They are not, however, drought tolerant.


Soquel coast redwood

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