Sequoia sempervirens Yurok Prince Cupressaceae, Taxodiaceae
Yurok Prince Coastal Redwood se-KWOY-a sem-per-VI-rens
- 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