Sequoia sempervirens 'Aptos Blue'

Sequoia sempervirens 'Aptos Blue' is a strong and fast growing selection of Coast redwood with horizontal branching and pendant branchlets holding dark Blue-green foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 25 feet (8 m) or more in height and two-thirds as wide, an annual growth rate of 2.5 feet (75 cm) or more.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the late 1970s at the Saratoga Horticultural Research Station, University of California at Davis. Many believe that 'Aptos Blue' and 'Soquel' are synonymous, although the differences in foliage color and branch structure cast doubt on this claim.

Sequoia sempervirens 'Aptos Blue' used in a home landscape.
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Sequoia sempervirens 'Aptos Blue' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by C. Stubler and J. Reimer, Urban Forests Ecosystems Institute