Sequoia sempervirens 'Kelly's Prostrate' / Kelly's Prostrate coast redwood

Sequoia sempervirens 'Kelly's Prostrate' is a perfectly flat growing, ground covering cultivar of coast redwood. Of the many specimens known to exist, none have ever shown to produce a leader. Branching is quite orderly and layered; and foliage is a pleasing emerald-green, that becomes somewhat bronze in colder climates in winter. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 8 inches (20 cm) tall and 60 inches (1.2 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 6 inches (10 - 15 cm), significantly more outward than up.

This cultivar originated in the wild, found in the 1990s by conifer enthusiast, Herb Kelly and later propagated, named and introduced by Don Howse at Porterhowse Farms Nursery, Sandy, Oregon.

Sequoia sempervirens 'Kelly's Prostrate' — an exceptional specimen in the Flora Wonder Arboretum at Buchholz Nursery, Gaston, Oregon.
Photo by David Olszyk
Sequoia sempervirens 'Kelly's Prostrate' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by David Olszyk
Sequoia sempervirens 'Kelly's Prostrate' at Glacier's End Arboretum, Olympia, Washington, in 2012
Photo by David Olszyk

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