Redwood Database

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

Sequoia sempervirens ‘Soquel’

Coast Redwood

The taxonomic status of ‘Soquel’ as a distinct cultivar has been subject to differing opinions. While Auders & Spicer (2012) consider it a probable synonym of ‘Aptos Blue,’ American authors Jacobson (1996) and Dirr (2009) treat ‘Soquel’ as a separate cultivar, citing its unique characteristics.

According to Jacobson and Dirr, ‘Soquel’ exhibits a compact growth habit and a disinclination to produce suckers or adventitious shoots from the base or roots. Additionally, this cultivar is characterized by upswept branches and elegant pale green foliage, with the underside of the leaves displaying a somewhat glaucous or bluish-white coloration.

The origins of ‘Soquel’ can be traced back to its selection by the Saratoga Horticultural Research Foundation in 1975. Subsequently, it received its cultivar name from Monrovia Nursery by 1981, further solidifying its recognition as a distinct variety.

While taxonomic ambiguity exists regarding its relationship to ‘Aptos Blue,’ the unique combination of traits attributed to ‘Soquel’ by Jacobson and Dirr sets it apart. Its compact form, lack of suckering, upswept branching pattern, and the distinctive coloration of its foliage contribute to its ornamental appeal and potential value as a landscape or specimen plant.