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Redwood (Sequoia)

Members of the NZ Farm Forestry Association have been growing redwood for many decades and have valuable experience to share. We recommend you join NZFFA and the Sequoia Action Group, get involved with your local NZFFA branch, and visit some local growers to learn more about growing redwood for timber.

Redwood Handbook

Best Practice with Farm Forestry Timber Species
Ian Nicholas
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Timber properties and market
Chapter 3: Site selection
Chapter 4: health
Chapter 5: Seed source and breeding
Chapter 6: Establishment
Chapter 7: Pruning and thinning
Chapter 8: Growth model and regime example
Chapter 9: Economic analysis
Chapter 10: Utilisation
Chapter 11, 12, 13: Summary, references and web links, glossary

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Tree Grower articles

  • Research on redwood wood properties is progressing
    Patrick Milne, August 2013
    Coast redwood has had a chequered history in New Zealand having been widely planted before 1940. However, most of these plantings failed for one reason or another. There are many…
  • Science based redwood clone selection
    Wade Cornell, August 2012
    Redwood has become a bit more popular as a species to plant in recent years. If your aim is to plant redwood as erosion control on a hillside and never…
  • Clonal redwood production
    Greg Palmer and Simon Rapley, May 2012
    The New Zealand Redwood Company tree sales programme is an alliance with Nga Rakau Nurseries Ltd. The New Zealand Redwood Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Soper Wheeler Company…
  • Redwoods by Kaipara harbour
    Harley and Margaret Gray, May 2012
    In 2004 we agreed to participate in a clonal redwood trial organised by Wade Cornell. Our participation was of interest because we are probably at the northern extreme for this…
  • Getting redwood right for New Zealand
    Wade Cornell, November 2010
    A call is going out to those interested in redwood development to see if New Zealand can find and grow the best redwoods on the planet. A new redwood trial…
  • Careful investor chooses redwood?
    Dan Mineham, November 2009
    While many in the New Zealand forest industry still ponder the merits of coast redwood, a forward thinking overseas investor has had no similar hesitation. He has established a 950…
  • What redwood growers should know about mycorrhizae
    Murray Davis, November 2009
    Most plants form mycorrhizae. A mycorrhiza is an association between certain soil fungal species and plant roots. The plant gets to use the very large surface area and small diameter…
  • Redwoods at Ashley Gorge
    Robert Johnston, November 2009
    As is the case with so many things in life, the obvious is often right in front of you, but for a long while you do not see it. So…
  • Southland redwood timber for the Californian market
    Mark Dean and Simon Rapley, November 2009
    The New Zealand Redwood Company managers have been telling anyone who will listen that coast redwood is a fast growing and valuable softwood. With the exception of Ernslaw One Ltd,…
  • Managing carbon trading risk using redwood
    Paul Silcock, November 2009
    Plantation grown coast redwood is a species eminently suitable for long term carbon sequestration. Other articles in this issue of Tree Grower describe the attributes that make this tree a…
  • Coast redwood the ideal carbon crop
    Clayton Wallwork and Simon Rapley, November 2009
    It is now time to include carbon as an integral part of the forestry equation. We he have had announcements confirming the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and a significant sale…
  • Redwoods – what have we been waiting for?
    Peter Clinton, Chris Phillips and Russell Coker, November 2009
    You may have heard it before − coast redwoods would be great to plant on the eroding soils of New Zealand. This is supported by ability of the species to…
  • Some results from the Mangatu redwood sawing study
    Paul Silcock, February 2009
    In April last year a sawing study was carried out on a stand of coastal redwood in Mangatu forest. Details of the study’s methods and aims can be found in…
  • Performance of coast redwood in New Zealand
    Rob Webster, May 2008
    A new interim growth model that predicts basal area and mean top height has been developed for coast redwood plantations in New Zealand. The project was initiated by NZ Forestry…
  • Some 2007 thoughts on redwoods in New Zealand
    Bill Libby, August 2007
    My wife Iris and I recently led a tour of American friends from Auckland to Milford Sound. Then I was hosted by a series of New Zealand redwood enthusiasts on…
  • The potential for coast redwood in New Zealand
    Rob Webster, May 2007
    Coast redwood is a native of northern California and a very small area of southern Oregon. It has been planted in localised areas in New Zealand on a number of…
  • Rotorua redwoods
    Ian Nicholas, February 2007
    Whakarewarewa Forest was first planted in 1899, when there were 170 tree species planted as one of the first large experimental forests to help guide the afforestation of New Zealand.…
  • Redwoods – an overview
    Ian Brown, February 2007
    Anyone who has spent time in the Long Mile Redwood Grove at Rotorua, or among the great cathedrals of redwood trees in California, will have felt the magic of a…
  • Coast redwood silviculture in New Zealand
    Mark Dean, February 2007
    Californian coastal redwood, Sequoia sempervirens, has proved to grow well in New Zealand when correct siting and establishment practices are attended to. On good quality sites – warm, sheltered and with…
  • Redwood in California: An overview of silvicultural systems
    John-Pascal Berrill and Kevin L O’Hara, February 2007
    Coast redwood is among the most unique of the world’s commercial conifers. Its natural range is confined to a relatively narrow fog belt along California’s coast. What really separates this…
  • Redwood research: The way ahead
    Ian Nicholas, Paul Silcock and Luigi Gea, February 2007
    The recent resurgence of interest in redwoods largely stem from the opportunity to market New Zealand in the re-growth Californian redwood market. The Californian market has changed over the last…
  • Redwood markets in California
    Janet Webb, February 2007
    The market for redwood timber has continued to change over the last several years as available supply and consumer demand shift.  With ever increasing regulatory constraints being placed on timber…
  • The New Zealand Redwood Company
    Jim Rydelius, February 2007
    With as much enthusiasm as ever, The New Zealand Redwood Company is continuing to establish redwood forests on its properties, with the current total area of established redwoods almost 1,100…
  • The first introductions of American redwoods to New Zealand
    Lindsay Poole, February 2007
    The mainstream of settlers to New Zealand following Maori were so numerous that extensive inroads were soon made into the fine native timber tree stands that grew scattered throughout the…
  • Harvesting and marketing some pruned redwood giants
    Jeff Tombleson, February 2007
    In 1997 Forest Research (now Scion) harvested and marketed 26 giant redwood trees which were felled for various reasons including their close proximity to buildings. The trees had been planted…
  • A love-hate relationship with redwood
    Wade Cornell, February 2007
    I have a love-hate relationship with redwood in New Zealand. The meteoric rise of redwood in the past few years is unparalleled among alternative species. In 2001 there would have…
  • An update from California on coast redwood
    Bill Libby, February 2007
    To quote one of our redwood foresters ‘Redwood remains the most valuable species in California. Redwood has unlimited markets for products. Once established, redwood plantations have low silvicultural costs throughout…



  • Report: Trees for steep slopes - coast redwood
    Dean Satchell, July 2018 (Access: unrestricted)
    Where there is a high risk of post-harvesting landslides, redwood has the potential to become an important erosion-control forestry species (Phillips et al. 2012). This is because of good growth rates in early…
  • Report: Trees for steep slopes - giant sequoia
    Dean Satchell, July 2018 (Access: unrestricted)
    Giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) grows on free draining soils at altitudes of between 830 m and 2700 m in its natural range in North America, with little rainfall in the growing…


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