The Q&A Archives: Best Coast Redwood Variety For Sandy Loam Soil?

Question: 1. Is the Coastal Redwood OK in sandy loam soil with water level at 10 or 14 foot depth? The climate zone (Sunset 5)is good but I'm not sure if it will take the aboundant water near the Dungeness river.
2. Which variety is best suited for these conditions? The closest landmark is the Old Olympic highway and the Dungeness River in Sequim Valley.
3. What is the best size to buy for planting?
4. What is an average price?

Answer: Sequoia prefers to grow in moist, acid, deep, well-drained soils where the atmospheric humidity is high year around. In your neck of the woods, the ground water shouldn't be much of a problem, but your dry summers may cause distress to the foliage. When these trees are under stress they develop a flared rather than a straight trunk and they drop lots of needles. Instead of a redwood, why not consider a better adapted evergreen - cedar, pine, hemlock, or Doug fir? You'll be happier with the performance! In general terms, the smaller the plant, the faster it becomes established. If you want a "finished" look in a hurry, plant the largest specimen you can afford. Otherwise, choose a smaller plant. Once the roots become established it will grow into an attractive plant a few years down the road.

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