Metasequioa glyptostroboides

Dawn Redwood
Metasequioa glyptostroboides
Metasequioa glyptostroboides
Metasequioa glyptostroboides
Metasequioa glyptostroboides
Autumn colour
Metasequioa glyptostroboides

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 have only seen fossil evidence of it's existence.

 

 

Key Facts: 

Flowers:  N/A

Fruit:  Closed cones.

Bark:  Conspicuous reddis brown peeling of in lenghtways stipes.

Leaves:  Deciduous needle like - soft and feathery.

Autumn colour:  Reddish-brown to orange.

Ultimate height:  20-30m.

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