The fact that these trees are called living fossils is most probably the reason we grow them! Metasequoia glyptostroboides is an absolutely beautiful tree with earthy, red bark and very fine foliage. It’s also one of the most fun Latin names to say out loud. The foliage is soft and feathery, appearing lush and vibrant green in the summer, then turning bronze in the autumn. These fall to the ground, carpeting the area around the trunk with colour.
The bark on the Metasequoia glyptostroboides is very characterful, almost furry in texture and quite thick. It peels away in slivers, revealing a smooth, orange-ey layer underneath. The name ‘Dawn Redwood’ is very fitting when the sunlight hits the bark, matching the colour of a sunrise.
Fruit: Closed cones.
Bark: Conspicuous reddish brown peeling off in lengthways strips.
Leaves: Deciduous, needle like – soft and feathery.
Autumn colour: Reddish-brown to orange.
Ultimate Height: 20-30m
Uses: Unusual specimen tree as is it the only remaining species in this genus.