Redwood Database

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

Sequoia sempervirens ‘Glaucescens’

Coast Redwood

‘Glaucescens’ is a cultivar of Sequoia sempervirens that is characterized by its distinct foliage and growth habit. According to the description in the RHS Encyclopaedia of Conifers (Auders & Spicer 2012), ‘Glaucescens’ develops a pyramidal form with short, spreading branches.

One of the most notable features of this cultivar is its foliage, which differs from the typical form of the species. The needles of ‘Glaucescens’ are shorter and narrower compared to those of the standard coast redwood. Additionally, the needles exhibit a glaucous appearance on both the upper and lower surfaces, giving the foliage a bluish-gray or silvery hue.

The glaucous foliage of ‘Glaucescens’ provides an attractive ornamental quality, adding a unique color and texture to the landscape. The shorter and narrower needles also contribute to a more delicate and refined appearance, which may be desirable in certain garden or design contexts.

The pyramidal growth habit of ‘Glaucescens’, combined with its short, spreading branches, creates a more compact and dense form compared to the taller and more open structure of the typical coast redwood. This cultivar may be suitable for situations where a smaller or more contained version of the species is preferred.