The Average Height of an Aptos Blue Tree


When you buy some trees from a nursery, you probably think something like, “Please, oh please, I hope you grow.” You are not alone in this sentiment. A “Aptos Blue” Coast Redwood, which has the full scientific name Sequoia sempervirens ‘Aptos Blue’ Coast Redwood and is hardy in USDA zones 7 to 10, should not give you any cause for concern if it is grown in a container that is 15 gallons in size. Already standing 4 or 5 feet tall, it will easily expand to 50 to 80 feet and, if it reaches its maximum height of 100 feet, it may seem as if it is touching the clouds in the sky. One may claim that the “Aptos Blue” Coast Redwood comes up to expectations, but it is possible that it exceeds the expectations that you had.

Stretch Your Imagination

When grown in their natural environment, Coast Redwoods may live for more than 400 years. During that time period, the tree’s diameter has the potential to grow to 25 feet, and its height has the potential to reach 350 feet, making it the tallest tree in the world. When planted as a cultivated tree, variants of Coast Redwood such as “Aptos Blue” Coast Redwood have a slow and steady growth speed, which makes them interesting subjects for photography. According to the American Conifer Society, the tree should have reached a minimum height of 25 feet and a width of 16 feet after ten years, and it should continue to grow another 2.5 feet year.

When it reaches maturity, the Sequoia ‘Aptos Blue’ could demand you to take a step or two back in order to really appreciate its height: According to Mid Valley Trees, the height may range anywhere between 50 and 80 feet, while the spread can be anywhere between 15 and 30 feet. According to research conducted at California Polytechnic State University, certain species of trees are able to “live up” to their namesake by reaching heights of up to 100 feet.

Sequoia “Aptos Blue” Makes a Visual Statement

With measurements like these, it’s not hard to see why so many gardeners bring those 15-gallon starter trees into their yards and plant them in areas that get everything from moderate shade to full sun all the way around their properties. The majestic trees not only provide a large amount of shade but also offer effective shielding.

In addition to its imposing stature, the “Aptos Blue” redwood tree is distinguished by the blue-green needles that grow on its horizontal branches and by the vast number of brownish cones that are just one inch long. As the evergreen becomes older, it takes on the form of a pyramid with closely spaced branches, which ensures that it will continue to attract attention. Despite the fact that it will ultimately shed its lower branches, it will maintain its pyramidal crown. It has an appealing, reddish-brown bark that, as it ages, becomes furrowed and textured, and the trunk has a propensity to flare outward at the base.

If you have the space for it, planting Sequoia “Aptos Blues” in groves may make for a spectacular display. According to Boething Treeland Farms, even if you had hoped to see birds and butterflies as part of the picture-perfect setting, you won’t be disappointed by what you find there. On the other hand, deer will just turn their heads away.

Climate Matters, As Always

The climate, as is the case with the majority of tree species, has a significant effect in how a “Aptos Blue” Coast Redwood develops. The “Aptos Blue” loves a warm environment with moderate winters and humid air, which is typical of the redwoods that grow along the coast. The optimal conditions for its growth are found in areas where the spring, summer, and autumn temperatures range from 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and when the winter temperatures are above freezing.

The tree performs well in coastal locations, which are ecologically comparable to their natural environment and have soil that has a tendency to remain damp but not soggy. It does not thrive in dry soil and is not a recommended option for regions that get an annual rainfall of less than 25 inches on average.

It should come as no surprise that young “Aptos Blues” grow best in full sun, but they are tolerant of a few hours each day in mild shade. The light acts as a growth agent in this manner, pushing the tree to live up to expectations—and surpass your own—in the process of growing.