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Sequoia sempervirens is often confused with:
Sequoiadendron giganteum Sequoiadendron giganteum
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Ulmus rubra Tree form (Guilford County, NC)-Mid Summer
Tilia americana Tilia americana
Quercus nigra Quercus nigra

California redwood Sequoia sempervirens

Phonetic Spelling
see-KWOY-uh sem-per-VY-renz
Description

Has naturally rot resistant wood. State tree of California (along with Sequoiadendron gigantea).  They grow very rapidly up to three feet a year.

Form: Densely branched; gracefully pyramidal in youth; loses lower branches with age

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Adpressa', 'Soquel'
Tags:
#evergreen#full sun tolerant#large tree#native tree#moist soil#fast growing#NC native#well-drained soil#needled evergreen#long lifespan#Braham Arboretum
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Adpressa', 'Soquel'
Tags:
#evergreen#full sun tolerant#large tree#native tree#moist soil#fast growing#NC native#well-drained soil#needled evergreen#long lifespan#Braham Arboretum
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Sequoia
    Species:
    sempervirens
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Western North America
    Distribution:
    Western North America
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Open
    Pyramidal
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    more than 60 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Oblong .75 to 1 in. egg shaped seed cones
  • Flowers:
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    White
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Leaf is spirally arranged with two whitish stripes on underside.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Light Brown
    Red/Burgundy
    Surface/Attachment:
    Furrowed
    Ridges
    Scaly
    Bark Description:
    Red brown, furrowed scaly ridges, inner bark is cinnamon brown. Trunks are buttressed at the bottom.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Slender dark green forking and ending in a scaly bud.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Rain Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Shade Tree