Redwood Database

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

Sequoia sempervirens ‘Kools Variegated’

Coast Redwood

‘Kools Variegated’ is a cultivar of Sequoia sempervirens that was raised in the early 2000s by Nelis Kools, a nurseryman from the Netherlands. It is characterized by its upright growth habit, modest growth rate, and striking variegated foliage.

One of the most distinctive features of ‘Kools Variegated’ is the presence of large, yellow splashes of variegation throughout its otherwise typical green foliage. This variegation pattern creates a bold and eye-catching contrast, adding a unique ornamental quality to the tree. The yellow splashes are irregular in size and distribution, giving each individual plant a one-of-a-kind appearance.

In terms of growth, ‘Kools Variegated’ exhibits a modest rate of development, with an average annual growth of approximately 30 cm (12 inches) (Auders & Spicer 2012). This slower growth rate, compared to some other coast redwood cultivars, makes it a more manageable option for smaller gardens or for those who prefer a more gradual increase in size over time.

The upright growth habit of ‘Kools Variegated’ is typical of many coast redwood cultivars, with a generally pyramidal or conical form. This characteristic allows it to maintain a relatively compact footprint while still providing vertical interest in the landscape.