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SEQUOIA sempervirens 'Soquel'

Image of Sequoia sempervirens 'Soquel'

John Rickard

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

SEQUOIA sempervirens 'Soquel'

Plant Common Name

Redwood

General Description

Fine-textured foliage makes 'Soquel' a soft, misty element in the landscape. As a cultivar of the tallest tree in America, it is also a majestic presence. Famous for its red, rot-resistant wood, Sequoia sempervirens is native to coastal northern California and southern Oregon. This relatively compact cultivar rapidly forms a pyramid of horizontal branches furnished with blue-green yew-like needles in upswept sprays. The buttressed trunk is sheathed in spongy, reddish brown, fire-resistant bark. Small pendulous cones are carried at the branch tips.

Coast redwood prefers the cool moist conditions of the Pacific coastal ranges but tolerates inland summers if provided adequate moisture. This selection is less prone than most to suckering at the base. It is best left low-branched to prevent suckers and shade the root zone. It has a wide-ranging network of surface roots that are vulnerable to overheating and that can inhibit the growth of neighboring plants. Consider this a fine shade tree and an excellent choice for a tall screen. Plants are happiest in groves of three to five with irrigation and thick mulch.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    70'-150' / 21.3m - 45.7m

  • Width

    20'-30' / 6.1m - 9.1m

  • Native To

    Western United States, California

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Blue Green, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Sienna

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Screening / Wind Break, Shade Trees, Street Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No