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Metasequoia glyptostroboides

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bog, Tree or Conifer

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Foliage

Brown, Pink and Yellow in Autumn
Green in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

wider than 8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

dawn redwood

Family

Cupressaceae


Metasequoia is a large deciduous tree with reddish-brown fibrous bark and soft, pale green linear leaves arranged in two ranks on the shoots, colouring beautifully in autumn

M. glyptostroboides is a vigorous deciduous conifer making a large, narrowly conical tree to 25m, with flat sprays of narrow, pale green leaves that turn brownish-pink and yellow in autumn. Cones and flowers insignificant

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained soil. Tolerant of waterlogged soils. Excellent specimen tree grows quickly to considerable height

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained or Poorly-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed, hardwood or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free