Sequoia sempervirens

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Sequoia sempervirens
Sequoia sempervirens

Species Name: Sequoia sempervirens
Common Name: Coast Redwood

Tallest tree in North America--can reach 370 feet in height. Highly protected in California. Found in groves near coast with fog and high rainfall. High wildlife value. Often resprouts from suckers after fire.

Plant Family: Taxodiaceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 70-350' H x 50' W
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Coast: full sun ; Inland: Part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Occasional to regular
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Cones
Flower Color: Cones
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: North Coast Range, Western Klamath Range, Outer North Coast Range, Western Inner North Coast Range, Central Coast, San Francisco Bay, North Outer South Coast Range
Natural Habitat: Redwood forest below 3700'

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Care and Maintenance

  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A very ornamental tree of symmetrical growth having rich dark green fern-like foliage on graceful somewhat drooping branches. Of rapid growth it is ideal as a specimen tree on a lawn. Also very effective when planted in groups. Gallon cans, 50c; 5 gallon cans, $1.75."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.