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


Brian Handy

I am in Texas north of Houston and am a California transplant. I have experimented in planting some standard Coastal Redwoods and they are growing just fine in the climate. I want to introduce them to the area. I haven't seen any growing in the area and there aren't any nurseries that have any in there inventory. Is there a wholesale company in CA the sells the Soquel or Aptos seedlings? If so, who are they and does anyone have their contact info?
Thank you for your assistance.
Brian Handy


Not sure what kind of coast redwoods they are, but you can order seeds and seedlings from here:

Rick Argetsinger

Both varieties need to be grown asexually to be the variety. If grown from seed they will be similar but not the same. I grow Aptos Blue from cuttings. Not easy but most satisfying such a beautiful tree.