Redwood Database

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

Sequoia sempervirens ‘Albospica’

Coast Redwood

‘Albospica’ is the ‘tree phase’ of the Sequoia sempervirens cultivar ‘Adpressa’. The feminine name ‘Alba Spica’ was first used by the firm William Barron & Son in 1875 and later described by Veitch (1881). This practice of using two cultivar names for different phases of the same plant was eventually approved under the International Code for the Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants (Auders & Spicer 2012).

The ‘Albospica’ form of ‘Adpressa’ is characterized by its tendency to develop strong vertical stems, resulting in a more tree-like habit compared to the more compact and frequently pruned ‘Adpressa’ form. The creamy-white young growth, which is a distinctive feature of ‘Adpressa’, is also present in ‘Albospica’.