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Plant Details

Sequoia sempervirens

Coast Redwood
Zone: 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Exposure: Sun
Plant Category: Conifers
Height: Minimum 30 feet
Width: Minimum 10 feet
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Great Plant Picks - Sequoia sempervirens (coast redwood) is clearly at the top end of the size scale! The tallest living organisms on the planet, trees of this species are known to add nearly 3 feet or more in height every year, eventually surpassing 300 feet in their native habitat of coastal, northern California and southern Oregon. Coast redwood is, nevertheless, an excellent garden plant, albeit for the larger garden or park. In the garden this is truly a specimen plant valued not only for its size but also its soft-green, evergreen needles and its thick, (fire-resistant!), red-brown bark. Although native to cool-summer, coastal, fog-belt regions, Oregon GPP members report that this species does well in hot parts of our region, such as Portland. A planting of coast redwoods south of Portland appear to be about 100 years old, at the Hoyt Arboretum a 40- or 50-year-old tree on the south slope in full sun is doing fine. Its natural companion is the wee evergreen perennial redwood sorrel (Oxalis oregano), which runs around beneath it like a mouse under an elephant. This enormous tree needs a large area to reach its fullest potential. It is quite adaptable and grows in full sun to deep shade. It will be denser in sun and more open and lacey in shade. Avoid planting it near buildings or pavement to limit damage from the massive roots that develop as it matures. It prefers a cool coastal climate with moist to well-drained or sandy soil. In these conditions it is drought tolerant. It will tolerate hotter, interior climates, but needs occasional watering during dry weather. Little pruning is needed. Consult a professional for any tree work.

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Submitted by Ref: on 11/8/2012 4:22 PM

Tallest of the world's trees; lovely, always fresh looking; forms a pyramidal tree with flat, bright-green needles ; furrowed bark. Sun/Med


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Big Trees Today Inc. Hillsboro, OR Email now 503-640-3011 BB: 1
Brooks Tree Farm Salem, OR Email now 503-393-6300 Container: 3 Seedling: X
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  • Hofferts Nursery Dayton, OR Email now 503-260-6516 BB: 1 Liner: 2 Seedling: 2
    Plant Oregon Talent, OR Email now 541-535-3531 BB: X Container: X
    Sevenoaks Native Nursery LLC Albany, OR Email now 541-757-6520 Container: 1
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  • Willamette Tree Wholesale Inc. Salem, OR Email now 503-390-2512 BB: X Container: X