Redwood Database

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

Sequoia sempervirens ‘Santa Cruz’

Coast Redwood

‘Santa Cruz’ is a cultivar that attains the typical stature of the coast redwood species, with the distinguishing feature of pendulous terminal branchlets. This variety was initially documented by the Saratoga Horticultural Research Foundation in California in 1975 and subsequently received its cultivar name from Monrovia Nursery, as noted by Auders and Spicer in 2012.

Despite its introduction, ‘Santa Cruz’ remained a relatively uncommon plant in American gardens by the late 1990s, as observed by Jacobson in 1996. While maintaining the overall size and form characteristic of Sequoia sempervirens, this cultivar’s unique trait lies in the drooping or weeping habit of the terminal branchlets.

The pendulous nature of the terminal branches imparts a distinct appearance to ‘Santa Cruz,’ contrasting with the typically upright and rigid branching patterns of the species. This weeping habit adds a graceful, flowing quality to the plant’s silhouette, potentially making it an attractive choice for landscaping or as a specimen tree in gardens.

While achieving the full stature of the coast redwood, ‘Santa Cruz’ offers a subtle variation through its pendent terminal branchlets, providing a point of interest and visual appeal. However, its limited availability in American gardens during the late 20th century may have contributed to its relative rarity among cultivated specimens of Sequoia sempervirens.