Metasequoia glyptostroboides

2009

Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Dawn Redwood

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Nativity:

Sichuan, China

Growth Habit:

Dawn Redwood has a conical shape that resembles the coast redwood, Sequoia sempervirens, to which it is related. The cones are distinctive and the dawn redwood is deciduous in winter rather than evergreen. It is the only species in the genus, but was originally described in 1941 from fossilized remnants with living material only noted in 1948. While initially fast growing, it only attains its ultimate height of 200 feet after many years.

Growing Requirements:

Metasequoia is quite frost tolerant; down to minus 10° F. It requires regular water, but grows in most soils.

Features:

In spring, the bright green foliage emerges and in fall, the entire tree becomes clothed in shades of rust before the leaves are shed.

Where at Lotusland:

In the butterfly garden.

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