Redwood Database

An index of all Redwood cultivars both in and out of commercial production.

Sequoia sempervirens ‘Adpressa’

Coast Redwood

Adpressa’ is a cultivar of Sequoia sempervirens raised by the French nurseryman André Leroy and named by Carrière in 1867. It is characterized by modest growth and creamy-white young growth in the spring. As plants age, the white coloration can become less pronounced, but it can be maintained through frequent and rigorous pruning (Auders & Spicer 2012).

Without regular pruning, ‘Adpressa’ tends to produce strong vertical stems. The Veitch nurseries later propagated this ‘tree form’ and named it ‘Albospica’ in 1881. A specimen cited by Jacobson (1996) under ‘Adpressa’, growing in a garden in Gloucestershire, UK, and measuring 28 m tall, would likely be the ‘Albospica’ form.

Both ‘Adpressa’ and ‘Albospica’ are reportedly quite rare in North America. According to Dirr (2009), ‘Adpressa’ has the advantage of being slightly hardier than the typical species. However, the RHS Encyclopaedia of Conifers suggests that it may be less hardy (Auders & Spicer 2012).