Conifer Trees: Metasequoia glyptostroboides

METASEQUOIA

This genus, dating from pre-historic times, was thought to be extinct and was known only in fossils until a single living species was found, as recently as 1941, in an old Chinese temple. Since its discovery, the “Dawn Redwood” described below, has been widely distributed and is to be found in many arboretums, parks and gardens throughout the world.

Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Large tree. After ten years: 4-6m. Ultimate Height: 30-35m.

Metasequoia glyptostroboides

This cumbersome name covers the only species known under the genus. It is a strong growing deciduous tree of conical habit, resembling Taxodium distichum but being narrower and more open in habit and with larger leaves. The branchlets carry flattened leaves, the appearance being feathery and plume-like. The colour of the foliage is bright green in early summer, becoming bronze, then golden in late summer. The tree is quite hardy and grows rapidly doing best in moist but well drained soils. Where space can be allowed for its full development, it makes an attractive specimen and the fascinating story of how it came to light makes it a good “conversation piece” in any garden.

01. September 2011 by admin
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