Coastal Redwood - Sequoia sempervirens


Sequoia sempervirens is a fast-growing, very large evergreen tree forming a narrowly conical crown, with fibrous, red-brown bark. Leaves 1 to 2 cm, two-ranked, dark green above, whitish beneath. Cones globose, 2 to 3 cm.

Similar Species

Wellingtonia can appear similar from a distance, and also has spongy bark, but foliage is very different

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Thick spongy bark.  Although leaves are arranged spirally, they appear to be in 2 ranks, and flattened. 

Recording advice

Photo of whole tree if possible, and individual branchlets and cones


Usually planted.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Widespread as a planted tree in Britain.

VC55 Status

Rare or rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map