Redwood Database

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

Sequoia sempervirens ‘Variegata’

Coast Redwood

‘Variegata’ is an unusual cultivar of the coast redwood, distinguished by its yellow-variegated, bluish-green leaves. These variegated foliage exhibits a more imbricate (overlapping) arrangement than typical for the species, lending the branchlets a distinct quadrangular appearance. This cultivar was first recorded by Carrière from the Croux Nursery in France before 1890, as documented by Auders and Spicer (2012).

The unique foliar characteristics of ‘Variegata’ set it apart from the standard green foliage of Sequoia sempervirens. The presence of yellow variegation, coupled with the bluish-green hue of the leaves, creates a visually striking and ornamental appearance. Furthermore, the imbricate arrangement of the leaves, where they overlap closely along the branchlets, contributes to the distinct quadrangular shape of the stems.

This combination of variegated colouration and altered leaf arrangement likely results from a genetic mutation that affects both pigmentation and phyllotaxis (leaf arrangement) in ‘Variegata.’ Such mutations can give rise to novel and visually appealing cultivars, contributing to the diversity within a species and offering unique ornamental options for gardeners and landscapers.