Redwood Database

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

Sequoia sempervirens ‘George Itaya’

Coast Redwood

‘George Itaya’ is a rare cultivar of Sequoia sempervirens introduced by the Saratoga Horticultural Research Foundation. It has been in commerce since at least 1975 but remains uncommon in cultivation.

One of the distinguishing characteristics of ‘George Itaya’ is its relatively weak constitution, resulting in a sparse and narrow crown (Auders & Spicer 2012). This growth habit sets it apart from the typically dense and broadly conical form of the species.

Jacobson (1996) compares the appearance of ‘George Itaya’ to some forms of Cryptomeria, noting that the branchlets are clustered together near the ends of the branches. This unique branching pattern contributes to the cultivar’s distinctive appearance and adds to its ornamental value.

The sparse and narrow crown of ‘George Itaya’ may make it an attractive option for gardens or landscapes where a more open and delicate form of the coast redwood is desired. Its unusual growth habit could provide an interesting contrast to denser and more traditional forms of the species.

However, the weak constitution of ‘George Itaya’ may also present challenges in its cultivation and long-term performance. It may require specific growing conditions or care to thrive and maintain its unique characteristics.