Redwood Database

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

Sequoia sempervirens ‘Les Barres’

Coast Redwood

‘Les Barres’ is a noteworthy cultivar of Sequoia sempervirens that originated at the French National Arboretum, also known as the Arboretum des Barres, before 1995. This selection has gained attention for its distinctive characteristics and improved hardiness compared to typical forms of the species.

One of the most prominent features of ‘Les Barres’ is its conspicuous appearance, as described by Auders & Spicer (2012). While the specific details of this conspicuous nature are not elaborated upon, it suggests that the cultivar possesses certain traits that set it apart from other coast redwoods, making it visually striking or noteworthy.

Another significant attribute of ‘Les Barres’ is its bluish foliage, which deviates from the typical green color of the species. The blue hue of the needles can add a unique and attractive aesthetic to the tree, providing a cool and refreshing contrast in the landscape. The intensity and consistency of the blue coloration may vary depending on growing conditions and the age of the foliage.

Perhaps the most important characteristic of ‘Les Barres’ is its enhanced hardiness compared to typical forms of Sequoia sempervirens. While the coast redwood is generally considered a relatively adaptable species, it can be sensitive to extreme cold temperatures, particularly in its early years of growth. The improved hardiness of ‘Les Barres’ suggests that it may be better suited to withstand colder climates or more challenging growing conditions than the standard form of the species.