Redwood Database

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

Sequoia sempervirens ‘Los Altos’

Coast Redwood

‘Los Altos’ is a cultivar of Sequoia sempervirens that was recorded by the Saratoga Horticultural Research Foundation in California in 1967. It is known for its vigorous growth and distinctive foliage characteristics.

According to Auders & Spicer (2012), ‘Los Altos’ is described as a “strong-growing, symmetrical, pyramidal tree.” This suggests that the cultivar has a robust growth habit, developing a well-balanced and evenly shaped conical form. The symmetrical nature of its growth can create a pleasing and harmonious appearance in the landscape.

One of the notable features of ‘Los Altos’ is its foliage, which undergoes a color transformation as the tree matures. Initially, the needles appear light green, providing a fresh and vibrant look to the tree. Over time, the foliage color deepens, becoming a darker shade of green. This color change can add visual interest and depth to the tree’s appearance, as well as showcase the natural progression of its growth.

Jacobson (1996) further notes that ‘Los Altos’ has relatively long branches, which can contribute to its pyramidal form and create a more open and airy canopy. The longer branches may also allow for more light penetration and air circulation within the tree, promoting healthy growth and reducing the risk of disease.