Redwood Database

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

Sequoia sempervirens ‘Filifera Elegans’

Coast Redwood

‘Filifera Elegans’ is a distinctive cultivar of Sequoia sempervirens that was raised before 1904 at the Rovelli Brothers nursery in Italy. While the overall growth habit of this cultivar is similar to the typical form of the species, it possesses several unique characteristics that set it apart.

The most notable feature of ‘Filifera Elegans’ is the appearance of its ultimate branchlets, which are “drawn out to a filamentous tip” (Auders & Spicer 2012). This means that the smallest branches and twigs have an elongated, thread-like appearance at their tips, creating a delicate and elegant texture in the foliage.

Another interesting characteristic of this cultivar is the gradual reduction in leaf size towards the tips of the branchlets. The leaves become progressively shorter along the length of the filamentous shoots, eventually becoming scale-like on the whip-like terminal growth (Auders & Spicer 2012). This gradation in leaf size and morphology adds to the unique and ornamental qualities of ‘Filifera Elegans’.

The combination of the filamentous branchlet tips and the gradual reduction in leaf size creates a distinctive and refined appearance, which likely inspired the cultivar name ‘Filifera Elegans’, referring to the thread-like and elegant nature of its growth.