Redwood Database

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

Sequoia sempervirens ‘Prostrata’

Coast Redwood

‘Prostrata’ is a spreading dwarf cultivar characterized by stiff branches and glaucous foliage. Its leaves exhibit a width up to twice that of the species’ typical leaves, while maintaining a similar length. This cultivar originated as a mutation at the Cambridge Botanic Garden in the United Kingdom prior to 1949, as documented by Auders and Spicer in 2012.

Akin to many dwarf selections of Sequoia, ‘Prostrata’ tends to produce vigorous upright leaders that can quickly dominate the plant’s growth if left unpruned. One such mutation arising from the original ‘Prostrata’ plant at Cambridge was propagated and named ‘Cantab’ in 1977.

The spreading growth habit of ‘Prostrata’ contributes to its compact, dwarf stature, making it suitable for smaller garden spaces or as a ground cover. However, its tendency to develop strong upright leaders necessitates regular pruning to maintain the desired prostrate form and prevent the plant from outgrowing its intended size.

The combination of stiff branches and glaucous foliage imparts a distinctive appearance to this cultivar, while the wider leaves set it apart from the typical leaf dimensions of the species. ‘Prostrata’ offers a unique variation on the coast redwood’s form and foliage characteristics, appealing to gardeners seeking dwarf or prostrate conifers.