Sequoia sempervirens (D.Don) Endl.

Redwood, California Redwood, Coast Redwood

Cultivar Kelly's Prostrate form

Cultivar Kelly's Prostrate form


Family: Taxodiaceae

Genus: Sequoia

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: 7 to 9

Size: To 300', on the east coast Dirr guesses 40 to 60'

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Fast growing in its native habitat but much slower in the east. Needs moist, well-drained acid soil and prefers the natural cool moist atmosphere of the Pacific Coast.


'Swarthmore Hardy' - selected from a tree at Swarthmore College

'Kelly's Prostrate' - zones 6 to 8 - slow growing, 8" tall and 4' wide in 10 years


Published in Syn. Conif. 197 in 1847.

Basionym is Taxodium sempervirens D.Don - published in Desc. Pinus

Native to California and Oregon.

From Hillier:

It was discovered by Archibald Menzies in 1794 and first introduced into Europe (St. Peterburg) in 1840. Three years later Hartweg sent seed to England... has the distinction of being the world's tallest living tree, the record at present being held by the 'Harry Cole' tree in the Humbolt State Redwood Park, which, in 1988, measured 113m (371ft).

RHS Award of Garden Merit 2002.

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