Redwood Database

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

Sequoia sempervirens ‘Kenwood’

Coast Redwood

‘Kenwood’ is a cultivar of Sequoia sempervirens that was introduced by Stanley & Sons Nursery in Oregon before 2002. It is distinguished by its strongly glaucous foliage and rapid growth rate, while still maintaining a relatively compact habit compared to the typical form of the species.

The glaucous foliage of ‘Kenwood’ is a standout feature, with needles that exhibit a pronounced bluish-gray or silvery appearance. This coloration sets it apart from the standard green foliage of coast redwood and provides an attractive ornamental quality in the landscape. The intensity of the glaucous hue may vary depending on growing conditions and the age of the foliage.

In terms of growth, ‘Kenwood’ is known for its rapid rate of development, which is a characteristic shared with many other coast redwood cultivars. However, what sets ‘Kenwood’ apart is its ability to maintain a relatively compact habit despite its vigorous growth (Auders & Spicer 2012). This combination of fast growth and compact form makes it an attractive option for gardeners and landscapers who desire a more manageable version of the species that still provides a strong visual impact.

The compact habit of ‘Kenwood’ may be particularly useful in smaller gardens or in situations where space is limited, as it allows for the incorporation of the striking glaucous foliage without the concerns of excessive size or spread. However, it is important to note that even with its relatively compact form, ‘Kenwood’ will still require appropriate space and management to accommodate its rapid growth rate.