Sequoia sempervirens 'Yurok Prince'
Common name: 
Yurok Prince Coastal Redwood
Pronunciation: 
se-KWOY-a sem-per-VI-rens
Family: 
Cupressaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Conifer
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
Yes
  • Evergreen, low growing shrub, horizontal branches, to 3-4 ft (0.9-1.2 m) high.  Leaves (needles) similar to the species.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 7     
  • The 'Yurok Prince' story: The following is based on information provided by Doug Wilson, Salem, Oregon.  Doug is a conifer enthusiast and long-time volunteer at the Conifer Garden of The Oregon Garden, Silverton, Oregon.
    • Some home owners in McMinnville, Oregon, dug a tree seedling out of a roadway shoulder "somewhere in the Redwoods" (i.e., coastal northern California).  They didn't like the fact that it subsequently became shrub-like and wouldn't grow a leader, even after growing for at least 10 years in their back yard.  Staking a prominent horizontal branch upright to force a leader was tried on two occasions, but in each the potential leader withered and died.  In March, 2010, local members of the American Conifer Society dug the shrub in a 300 lb root ball and planted it the next morning at the Oregon Garden's Conifer Garden.
            Yurok, is a Native American tribe in northern California.   Doug Wilson said he chose the name Yurok Prince to honor an "indigenous tribe that I believed lived among the magnificent redwood trees and no doubt relied on them."
  • Silverton, Oregon: The Oregon Garden - Conifer Garden
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