Redwood Database

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

Sequoia sempervirens ‘Lawsoniana’

Coast Redwood

‘Lawsoniana’ is a historic cultivar of Sequoia sempervirens that was named after the Lawson nursery of Edinburgh, Scotland, where it was first raised sometime before 1866. The main distinguishing characteristics of this cultivar are its rigid growth habit and its shorter, stouter leaves compared to the typical form of the species (Auders & Spicer 2012).

The rigid habit of ‘Lawsoniana’ suggests a more upright and structured growth form, possibly with a more compact or dense branching pattern. This trait could set it apart from the more relaxed or open growth habits of some other coast redwood cultivars.

The shorter and stouter leaves of ‘Lawsoniana’ would give the tree a distinct texture and appearance, with a more substantial or robust look compared to the finer, more delicate foliage of the species. This leaf characteristic, combined with the rigid growth habit, could create a visually striking and unique form of the coast redwood.

However, it is unclear whether ‘Lawsoniana’ remains in cultivation today. Given its historic origins and the limited information available in contemporary literature, it is possible that this cultivar may have become rare or lost over time.