Redwood Database

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

Sequoiadendron giganteum ‘Aureovariegatum’

Giant Redwood

Auders & Spicer described this cultivar as ‘an upright plant with yellow-variegated shoots and needles,’ which was received as a seedling by Lough Nurseries in Cork, Ireland, in 1856. Although the RHS conifer registrars considered it distinct from ‘Aureum,’ Auders & Spicer followed the view of Elwes & Henry (vol. 2, 1907), treating it as the same clone, a perspective adopted here. The cultivar was known for its slow growth, with no large trees recorded by the authors. The largest existing example in Britain, located at Cerne Abbey, Dorset, measured 26 m tall with a 1.26 m diameter at breast height (dbh) in 2023; however, only the newest growth displayed a noticeable yellow color (Tree Register 2024). Young trees propagated through grafting would exhibit vivid golden-yellow young foliage, while older wood would feature a straw yellow hue (Elwes & Henry vol. 2, 1907).