Redwood Database

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

Sequoia sempervirens ‘Don’s Gold Strike’

Coast Redwood

‘Don’s Gold Strike’ is a variegated cultivar of Sequoia sempervirens with a distinctive yellow variegation pattern. It was discovered by Lance Reiner near Santa Cruz, California, and named in honor of his father. The cultivar was first listed by Stanley & Sons Nursery in Oregon in 2002 (Auders & Spicer 2012).

The variegation in ‘Don’s Gold Strike’ appears as ‘splashes’ of yellow on the foliage, rather than being uniformly distributed. This pattern is reminiscent of the variegation seen in another conifer, Calocedrus decurrens ‘Aureovariegata’. The splashed variegation gives the plant a unique and eye-catching appearance, setting it apart from other variegated cultivars of the species.

‘Don’s Gold Strike’ is described as having a moderate growth rate, which suggests that it may be more manageable in smaller gardens or landscapes compared to the typical form of the species. The combination of its unique variegation pattern and moderate growth rate makes it an attractive choice for those seeking a distinctive and ornamental version of the coast redwood.