Redwood Database

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

Sequoia sempervirens ‘Cantab’

Coast Redwood

‘Cantab’ is a distinctive cultivar of Sequoia sempervirens that originated as a bud-mutation on a tree of the ‘Prostrata’ cultivar growing in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden in the United Kingdom. It was named by Roy Lancaster in 1977.

In its true form, ‘Cantab’ develops into a slow-growing, compact, and densely branched small tree. One of its most notable features is its short and very wide leaves, which have a length-to-width ratio of no more than 3:1. This leaf characteristic sets ‘Cantab’ apart from other cultivars and the typical form of the species.

However, ‘Cantab’ is often confused and incorrectly labeled both in collections and in the nursery trade (Auders & Spicer 2012). This misidentification may lead to the propagation and distribution of plants that do not exhibit the true characteristics of the cultivar, causing confusion and disappointment among gardeners and collectors.