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Redwood cutting has albino sprout

I took a cutting from a stump sprout growing on a redwood on private property a year ago. The mother tree was unremarkable except for a gigantic burl. The cutting rooted in 2 weeks and then grew rapdily for a year. I had to transplant it into larger and larger pots. The cutting's growth is spindley and its branches weep like a willow tree. A few weeks ago, I noticed a pure white sprout growing from the base of the cutting. The sprout is in direct sun, yet shows no signs of green or yellow. The sprout is growing very slowly compared to other parts of the tree.

Why would a non-albino cutting from a non-albino mother tree suddenly grow an albino stump sprout? I have included a picture of the albino sucker:
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by Luke
Sat Dec 21, 2013 11:04 pm
 
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Re: Redwood cutting has albino sprout

Here is a picture I took tonight. The sprout has a very faint green tint on the lowest leaves, but is otherwise white:
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by Luke
Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:20 pm
 
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