Metasequioa glyptostroboides

Dawn Redwood

A large deciduous conifer with narrow conical outline and light ascending branches.  This tree was thought to be extinct until 1941 when it was discovered in south-west China.  Until then we had only seen fossil evidence of its existence.


Flowers:  N/A

Fruit:  Closed cones.

Bark:  Conspicuous reddish-brown peeling off in lengthways stripes.

Leaves:  Deciduous needle-like. Soft and feathery.

Autumn colour:  Reddish-brown to orange.

Ultimate height:  20-30m.

Uses:  Specimen tree – unusual as it is the only remaining species in this genus.

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