Coast Redwood is the world's tallest tree species, reaching 350 ft or more in height. Trees in cultivation are typically much much smaller than this when grown in the Eastern U.S. Also, dwarf cultivars are sometimes grown in landscapes or rock gardens. This species has a narrow pyramidal to conical growth form with the bole of the tree bare of branches for much of the lower half. The evergreen foliage is soft-textured and resembles that of Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum), but is stiffer and waxier. Coast Redwood needs ample atmospheric humidity (it is native to a fog belt) and uniform rainfall or regular irrigation with high quality water. Although this species can be grown in East Texas, it is more likely to be found in botanical gardens on the East Coast and it is a popular large conifer in England.
Plant Habit or Use:
Upright conifer, tree, medium tree, large tree, topiary
sun, partial sun
None, cone bearing tree.
Small ovoid cones.
70 ft to 80 ft in West Coast cultivation, much smaller in Eastern U.S. landscapes, to 350 ft or more in its native range.
20 ft to 40 ft, more in native range.
Explanation of the Earth–Kind® Index breakdown
- Heat Tolerance: Low Heat Tolerance
- Water Requirements: High Water Use
- Soil Requirements: High Soil Requirements
- Pest Tolerance: Low Pest Resistance
- Fertility Requirements: High Fertility Requirements
USDA Hardiness Zones:
7, 8, 9, 10
Regions that intersect these hardiness zones:
Click image for enlarged map of USDA Hardiness Zones
Region A - Panhandle and High Plains• Region B - North and Central Texas• Region C - Northeast and East Texas• Region D - West Texas• Region E - Upper Rio Grande• Region F - Hill Country and Central Coast• Region G - Southeast Texas• Region H - Rio Grande Valley
On of our national treasures in its native range and useful for West Coast & English landscapes, curiosity in most Southern and Eastern U.S. landscapes.