Coast Redwood

Sequoia sempervirens

Family: Cupressaceae (koo-press-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sequoia (see-KWOY-uh) (Info)
Species: sempervirens (sem-per-VY-renz) (Info)



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

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over 40 ft. (12 m)


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

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Other details:

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Prescott, Arizona

Amesti, California

Citrus Heights, California

Crescent City, California

Fremont, California

Garberville, California

Gilroy, California

Granite Bay, California

Highland, California

Manteca, California

Oakland, California

Sacramento, California

San Diego, California

Tulare, California

Athens, Georgia

Honolulu, Hawaii

Lihue, Hawaii

Owings, Maryland

Trenton, New Jersey

Beaverton, Oregon

Cheshire, Oregon

Grants Pass, Oregon

Medford, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Sevierville, Tennessee

Missouri City, Texas

Ogden, Utah

Quilcene, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 13, 2016, PatYates from Ogden, UT wrote:

We've got a 4 footer that survived it's first northern Utah winter. It rarely gets below 10F in our yard any more. It probably won't fare too well if we get the sub-zero temps that we used to get a couple decades ago.

When I tell people we are growing this they instantly say "no, you couldn't possibly have a coast redwood. It's a giant sequoia or a dawn redwood." That's not the case though. We have both of those also. This is indeed a sequoia sempervirens, purchased from Welkers Nursery.

If this should die in a future winter I will remove our zip code from the list and update this post. As of now though it's doing great and did not even suffer discoloration from the cold.


On May 30, 2014, Oregonbluemoon from Grants Pass, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

These fabulous giant trees are hardier than most information describes them to be. I live in Grants Pass Oregon and work in Medford. There are a lot of Coastal Redwoods planted in this area that are 50 to 100 feet tall. They will withstand 105+ degrees in the summer and survive 0 degree cold spells. 10 degree temperatures do not usually cause any damage. These trees can grow up to 8' a year if they have enough water and food. Redwoods propagate readily from suckers or nodes from burls. Young trees will also propagate from cuttings. Young saplings can survive in the shade in a near dormant state almost indefinitely. When something comes down and lets light in they take off. Redwoods will tolerate most soil types except high alkali. They will also tolerate flooding, in fact when buried by fl... read more


On Sep 17, 2012, ratgurl from Oakland, CA wrote:

I'm helping a friend with her landscape in Hillborough, CA (Santa Clara County). She has a huge redwood in her backyard and wants an adjacent pathway. (There isn't too much other space for a path and she doesn't like walking on the redwood roots). She wants flagstone for the path. I don't think this is a good idea because the ground will have to be leveled beneath the flagstone and this may damage the redwood roots. I'm suggesting gravel lined with stone. Any advice? Thanks!


On Jun 10, 2010, famartin from Trenton, NJ wrote:

Beautiful trees. Visited Redwood National and State Parks in California in August 2009. Afterwards, had to try growing them in my native NJ on my parents property.

Ordered two seedlings from Forest Farm, planted them in early November 2009. They survived the winter in west-central NJ, and are growing at present (though for some reason the top of one of them died in May after starting to grow; however its now re-sprouting from the base). Also planted a couple more this spring; they seem alright so far too.

We'll see what they can really handle...


On May 4, 2010, runnow from Sevierville, TN wrote:

This plant will survive in Zone 7B but may brown out in colder winters but will refoliate by May.It is not
the most attractive from January to May here but looks
attractive the rest of the year. It grows rapidly.


On Jan 23, 2009, Pinyon from Prescott, AZ (Zone 7a) wrote:

I've actually successfully grown these in my area for the last 10 years. They don't like the dryness though, but they've put up with the cold at 5,500 feet above sea level.


On Aug 10, 2006, rochha from Owings, MD wrote:

How has this tree managed to live millions of years ? with its narrow temperature growing range ? I have purchased some and I have planted some in the ground, Lets see if they can withstand a Maryland Winter.


On Jan 16, 2005, gowron from Athens, GA wrote:

The Coast Redwood and all its large cultivars (Aptos Blue, Filoli, Los Altos, Simpson Silver, etc.) grow fantastically well in the SE U.S. I have planted over a dozen in my yard in Athens, GA (slowly replacing the very boring native oaks) and they are all growing at least 3 feet a year, maybe more. The only secret is plenty of water during summer droughts, especially the first two or three years. These are gorgeous trees that will reward your effort in getting them established. You may read in some tree manuals that it is impossible to grow coast redwoods in the SE .This is just not true!!!


On Oct 5, 2002, Zanymuse from Scotia, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Seeds are collected in the autumn when the cones are still green. As the cones turn yellow they will open and the seeds are released. They should be sown immediately as they do not have a storage life and even the experts only claim a 20% viability on fresh seed.

Plant seed by pressing into moist soiless potting mix. Transplant into regular potting mix when the plant is 2 to 3 inches in height. The seedlings are tender and very suceptible to deseases. To reduce Damping off add a coating of spagnum moss to the soil surface.