Redwood Database

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

Sequoia sempervirens ‘Santa Rosa’

Coast Redwood

‘Santa Rosa’ is another cultivar introduced by the Saratoga Horticultural Research Foundation in California, entering the American commercial market by 1975. It soon became a commonly grown variety within the region. This cultivar is distinguished by its relatively pale green foliage, which appears finely textured due to the individual leaves being exceptionally narrow in proportion to their length.

Jacobson (1996) drew a comparison between the delicate, feathery appearance of ‘Santa Rosa’s foliage and that of the Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia). This likeness is likely attributable to the slender, elongated shape of the leaves, which deviates from the broader, more typical leaf form of the coast redwood species.

The introduction of ‘Santa Rosa’ by the Saratoga Horticultural Research Foundation and its subsequent widespread cultivation in the United States suggest that this cultivar possesses desirable ornamental qualities. Its pale green, finely textured foliage offers a distinct visual appeal, potentially making it a sought-after choice for landscaping or as a specimen plant in gardens.

While maintaining the overall growth habit of Sequoia sempervirens, ‘Santa Rosa’ stands out for its unique foliage characteristics, which impart a delicate, feathery appearance reminiscent of the dawn redwood. This cultivar exemplifies the diversity within the coast redwood species, showcasing variations in leaf shape, color, and texture.