The Q&A Archives: How Can I Identify Specific Redwood Types

Question: I've been trying to find an answer to this question for some time. I would like to plant redwoods in my backyard. After looking at a few redwoods in the nusery of the local home-improvement store I've come to realize not all redwoods are the same. For example, I've seen a variety of redwood that has relatively sparse branchs and a blue-green tint (Aptos Blue?). I'm looking for the type of redwood with dense foliage and dark green color. Upon further investigation I've come up with an array of names that cloud question: Soquel, Santa Cruz, Majastic Beauty, Albospica. Which do I choose? I just wanted a redwood.
Any thoughts?

Answer: Sequoia sempervirens is the coast redwood, and 'Los Altos' is the one with the most redwood like features; red-brown, shaggy bark, and flat, and pointed narrow leaves that grow on both sides of the stem, like feathers. The leaves are medium green on top and grayish underneath. 'Aptos Blue' has dense blue-green foliage on nearly horizontal branches whit branchelets that hang down. 'Majestic Beauty' has densely set blue-green foliage. 'Santa Cruz' has light green foliage with soft textured branches pointing slightly down. 'Soquel' has fine textured, somewhat bluish green foliage and horizontal branches that turn up at the tips. 'Albo-Spica' is a dwarf, growing only 3' high and 6' wide. Its new growth is tipped white, which deepens to green. Hope this information helps you choose just the right redwood tree!

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