Botanical Name: Sequoia sempervirens
Common Name: Coast Redwood  
Plant photo of: Sequoia sempervirens
California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Conifer


Height Range

40-60', 60-100'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Dark Green


Bark Color

Brown, Red


Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Seascape, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Silhouette, Specimen


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Background, Lawn, Park, Roadside


Special Uses

Hedge, Screen, Wind Break, Shade Tree


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Wildlife

Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Steve Jacobs/Sortomme
  • Description

  • Notes

This fast-growing, aromatic tree has soft, dark green foliage with long needles appearing in flat sprays and brown, barrel-shaped cones that appear after 1 year. Its soft, red-brown bark is fiberous and furrowed. Particularly after mechanical damage, this tree will stump sprout to form new, young trees around the stump. Avoid planting in areas of high foot traffic.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halfway with native soil and water. 5. Finish back filling hole, build basin and water.