Sequoia sempervirens 'Soquel' / Soquel Coast redwood

Sequoia sempervirens 'Soquel' is a is a strong and fast growing selection of Coast redwood with compact, upswept branching holding light green foliage at first flush that darkens somewhat over the growing season. 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. Monrovia nursery named it and introduced it to the nursery trade in the early 1980s. Many believe that ‘Soquel’ and ‘Aptos Blue’ are synonymous, although the differences in foliage color and branch structure cast doubt on this claim.

Sequoia sempervirens 'Soquel' used as a street tree in California.
Photo by Norman's Nursery, inc.
Sequoia sempervirens 'Soquel' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by C. Stubler and J. Reimer, Urban Forests Ecosystems Institute