Redwood Database

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

Sequoia sempervirens ‘Kelly’s Prostrate’

Coast Redwood

‘Kelly’s Prostrate’ is a low-growing cultivar of Sequoia sempervirens that was listed by Collector’s Nursery in Oregon in 2002. It is characterized by its prostrate growth habit and relatively slow growth rate.

This cultivar forms a dense, mat-like structure that remains close to the ground, typically reaching a height of less than 20 cm (8 inches) and a spread of up to 1.2 m (4 feet) over a period of ten years (Auders & Spicer 2012). The slow growth rate and compact, prostrate form of ‘Kelly’s Prostrate’ make it an excellent choice for ground cover, rock gardens, or even as a cascading specimen in containers.

Despite its distinctive growth habit, ‘Kelly’s Prostrate’ features foliage that is typical of the species, maintaining the characteristic green colour and texture of coast redwood needles. This combination of familiar foliage and unusual growth form creates an interesting contrast and adds variety to the landscape.