Redwood Database

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

Sequoia sempervirens ‘Woodside Blue’ / Filoli

Coast Redwood

Synonyms / alternative names
Sequoia sempervirens ‘Woodside Blue’
Sequoia sempervirens ‘Woodside’

‘Filoli’ is considered one of the most successful and widely grown cultivars of Sequoia sempervirens introduced by the Saratoga Horticultural Research Foundation in California. It was selected at the Filoli Gardens in Woodside before 1990.

The most notable feature of ‘Filoli’ is the excellent blue colour of its foliage, which has been praised by several authors (Auders & Spicer 2012; Dirr 2009; Jacobson 1996). This blue colouration sets it apart from the typical green foliage of the species and provides a striking ornamental quality in the landscape.

Despite its desirable foliage colour, ‘Filoli’ is a large tree that requires ample space to grow and develop. It is known for its vigorous growth rate, and within ten years, it can reach a height and spread of 5 meters by 3 meters, respectively (Auders & Spicer 2012). This substantial size makes ‘Filoli’ more suitable for larger gardens, parks, or open spaces where it can freely expand without causing issues with nearby structures or plantings.

The widespread popularity and success of ‘Filoli’ can be attributed to its exceptional blue foliage colour and its reliable growth performance. It has become a well-established cultivar in the nursery trade and is frequently sought after by gardeners and landscapers looking for a distinctive and attractive form of the coast redwood.