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Frequently we’re asked at Chimera Redwoods if there will be chimeric albino seedlings and cuttings available for sale. Arborist Tom Stapleton is currently working on a project that will make this a reality in the future. As of this writing Tom and the Holderman family have patented three chimeric albino redwoods: ‘Mosaic Delight' (USPP26573P3),  'Grand Mosaic' (USPP29606P3) , & 'Early Snow' (USPP29217P2). These trees are still in the research and development stage and hopefully will be available to public within the next five years. The trees were developed as a result of a greenhouse experiment and were not taken from cuttings in the wild. Funds received from the sale of these trees will help offset research expenses. Tom hopes that by making albino redwood chimeras available to the public will help reduce the desire of souvenir hunters to poach natural albino redwoods in our state and national parks.

If you are interested in purchasing a albino chimeric redwood in the future and would like to be put on our waiting list, please reach out to Tom in the ‘Contact’ section of the website.

Below is a picture of cultivar 'Mosaic Delight'. This Coast Redwood albino chimera has a tendency to produce weeping green branches, while albino branch habit is mostly horizontal to slightly upright in form. Due to its moderate to slow growth, this cultivar may be better suited as a house plant or featured in a small garden setting. Tests are underway to determine its suitability to these environments.

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  • Comment Link Chad Highfill Friday, 30 October 2020 00:41 posted by Chad Highfill

    I would love to own and care for a chimera please. It'll go in a pot and live next to my 3 metasequoias, giant Sequoia, and coast redwood, and 27 different varieties of Japanese maples outside of Kansas City.

  • Comment Link Jim Jessup Thursday, 03 September 2020 08:41 posted by Jim Jessup

    Interested in an albino redwood seedling(s). Outdoor planting location would be in Gualala, CA in Meendocino County. Is this variety dependant on a sequoia semperviren for photosynthesis life energy or can it be grown independent of a symbiotic relationship with a non-albino coastal redwood?

  • Comment Link Megan O. Wednesday, 27 May 2020 16:09 posted by Megan O.

    Like many others, I have a profound interest in these incredible trees. I would love to be put on a list to be notified when any seedlings are available to the public. I'd both be interested in attempting to grow indoors for close observation, or letting them be outside here in Seattle. I would certainly be sending back photo updates as well, this is such an amazing project!

  • Comment Link Athena Karos Thursday, 23 April 2020 05:36 posted by Athena Karos

    Hi. I would love to order a plant when it becomes available. Please reach me on my cell (310) 779-7001. Thank you!

  • Comment Link Catharina Wadley Sunday, 07 January 2018 05:59 posted by Catharina Wadley

    Please reserve one for me to plant here in my yard in Rio Nido!

    Your friend,


  • Comment Link Magdalena OConnor Saturday, 15 April 2017 19:37 posted by Magdalena OConnor

    Hello, I have always been interested in plants especially those that have medicinal and global impact on the environment. I have always looked upon mutations in plants as not as a freak of nature, but as an intended ecological act of Mother Nature. Here in North Carolina and in South Carolina there are numerous trees that are covered with what the locals call " parasitic moss ". They look like ghost airy plants hanging on the trees. They look ethereal and on a rainy foggy day these look even more ghostlike. I may be so bold as to presume that this is another of Mother Earth's ecological act of preservation for the many species of trees growing here and this also helps all of us by removing pollutants in the air. I would like to be on your list for a chimera redwood seedling in 2019. I do not know if it will survive here in Wilmington, NC, but I sure would like to try. My home address will be 518 Larchmont Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403 by May, 2017. Thank you very much. Keep up the good work. Magdalena O'Connor

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