Sequoia sempervirens 'Albospica' / white-tipped coast redwood

Sequoia sempervirens 'Albospica' is a vigorous, upright tree from of coast redwood with open branching and attractive white-tipped foliage, which is particularly stunning in spring. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 10 feet (3 m) tall and 6 feet (2 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 8 to 12 inches (20 - 30 cm).

This cultivar originated in the late 1800s in the United Kingdom. William Barron & Son Nursery first published its description in 1875 under the cultivar name, 'Alba Spica.' This misspelling was later corrected in 1881 by John Veitch.

Sequoia sempervirens 'Albospica' in the Oregon Garden Conifer Collection, Silverton.
Photo by Patrick Breen, Oregon State University
Sequoia sempervirens 'Albospica' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Patrick Breen, Oregon State University