The Redwood Hybrids

The Redwood Hybrids

"Popular" is the best way to describe the Redwoods. Back in the 60's, there was great (unfounded) fear that the redwoods were all going to disappear... Political agendas and certain realities aside, the redwoods, namely our native Coastal Redwood and Giant Sequoia, are beautiful tree species worth preserving and cherishing. The Coast Red is propagated and planted in vast numbers not only along the west coast, but also in Australia and New Zealand, parts of Africa, and in spots throughout the Mediterrain regions. Survival of this species is very secure as its commercial importance is greatly prized. To a lessor extent, the Giant Sequoia has more of an ornamental importance, versus commercial value, but these too are highly popular and widely planted.

Then as the Dawn Redwood was introduced into the United States, the almost extinct Chinese species, also enjoys a very wide and popular extent here and in many other parts of the world.

What is really very interesting and exciting to a great many people, are the increasing number of cultivars or hybrids that have hit the marketplace. We too have started the propagation of many of these, and as time goes on, we hope to produce many of these ourselves. For the present, we are out-sourcing them, so they are limited in availability, and they tend to be spendy...

The Coast Redwood seems to be easier to produce hybrids, and presently there are at least ten that we know of... There are likely more, but those we know about are the -

Albo-spicata - a dark green coloration, and the new growth comes out creamy-white. Short needles on this one;
Aptos Blue - a dark-green to Blue color;
Filoli Blue - a very Blue color like the Albo-spicata, also can vary from dark-green to blue-gray;
Winter Blue - a very Blue type like the Filoli and Henderson;
Henderson's Blue - also a Blue type like the Winter Blue and Filoli;
Simpson's Silver - a dark-green foliage, but has silvery hues that can be very pronounced;
Soquel - sometimes called "Saratoga", this small-compact dark green is best known for its delicate fine textured foliage;
Los Altos - a dark-green to bluest type, hefty form and almost horizontal branching;
Mt. Loma Prieta Spike - a dark-green to blue type, hefty form and almost horizontal branching;
Swarthmore Hardy - a green-type, but more cold-tolerant than the true species. Known to tolerate single-digit winter temperatures. Has been planted as far north as southeastern Pennsylvannia (as in Swarthmore College where it was developed)!
Kelly's Prostrate - a dark-green type that hugs the ground like a ground-cover. Very unlike a Redwood!
Cantab Prostrate - a dark-green to bluish form that is a ground-cover. Also very unlike a Redwood!

For the Giant Sequoia, there are a handful out there, which include -

Blue Giant Sequoia "glaucum" - Bluish-gray foliage;
Weeping Giant Sequoia "pendulum" - A pendant form with twisted branching;
"Albospicata" Giant Sequoia;
"Barabit's Requiem" Giant Sequoia;
"Blauer Eichzwerg" Giant Sequoia;
"Bultinck Yellow" Giant Sequoia;
"Conrad Appel" Giant Sequoia;
"Exceptionally Blue" Giant Sequoia;
"Powder Blue" Giant Sequoia;
"Frence Beauty" Giant Sequoia;
"Greenpeace" Giant Sequoia;
"Hazel Smith" Giant Sequoia;
"Lacy Blue" Giant Sequoia;
"Luzi" Giant Sequoia;
"Phillip Curtis" Giant Sequoia;
"Van Martin" Giant Sequoia.

As time goes on, undoubtedly there will be many more hybrids entering the marketplace. The Dawn Redwoods have a Golden-color hybrid, and there are probalby others. Some of these we have, or will offer on a limited basis, and availability is typically very limited. For these, it would be best to pot them, either as bonsai, or in large containers. They are spendy, but a treasure! As time goes on, we will produce some of these ourselves... we will keep you posted.

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