Redwood Database

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

Sequoia sempervirens ‘Argentea’

Coast Redwood

‘Argentea’ is a cultivar of Sequoia sempervirens with an uncertain origin. It was listed by E.A. Cope in 1986 and described as having patches of white variegation on the young foliage (Auders & Spicer 2012).

However, the validity of the cultivar name ‘Argentea’ is questionable according to the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants. Cultivar names in Latin form are only acceptable if it can be proven that they were published before 1959. Without evidence of earlier publication, the name ‘Argentea’ may not be considered a valid cultivar name.

The white variegation on the young foliage is the distinguishing characteristic of this cultivar, setting it apart from the typical green foliage of the species. However, due to the lack of information regarding its origin and the uncertainty surrounding the validity of its name, little else can be confidently stated about ‘Argentea’.