Redwood Database

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

Sequoia sempervirens ‘Gracilis’

Coast Redwood

‘Gracilis’ is a cultivar of Sequoia sempervirens that was first recorded by Carrière in 1867. The original description distinguished this form from the typical species by its slender branches and narrower leaves (Auders & Spicer 2012).

The name ‘Gracilis’ suggests a graceful or delicate appearance, which is likely attributed to the more slender branches and narrower foliage. These characteristics would have set ‘Gracilis’ apart from the more robust and broader-leaved forms of the species.

However, it is important to note that the distinction between ‘Gracilis’ and the typical form of Sequoia sempervirens may have become less clear over time. The natural variability within the species can encompass a range of branch and leaf characteristics, and the specific traits of ‘Gracilis’ may now be considered to fall within this normal variation.