Aptos Blue Coastal Redwood

Sequoia sempervirens 'Aptos Blue'

A fast growing cultivar but ultimately smaller than the species. The blue-green new growth contrasts nicely with the older green needles. Older specimens develop a furrowed red-brown spongy bark that is a delight to touch. This iconic tree does well in Seattle, just give it room to grow.

Power Line Approved: No

Min. street tree planting width: Not to be planted between the sidewalk and curb. Very good for an unimproved right of way.

Mature Height: 70 feet

Mature Spread: 25 feet

Tree Shape: Pyramidal

Where to Plant:
Excellent yard tree. Plant in a group for screening.

Flat blue-green needles are arranged horizontally on the stem.

Egg shaped brown cones.

Preferred Site Conditions:
Full sun to light shade. Prefers moist but well drained soil. 

Potential Problems:
No serious insect or disease problems.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 15 feet from house or building
  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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