The Metasequoia glyptostroboides or the Dawn Redwood is native to China and although the smallest of the redwoods, still reaches heights of over 61m or 200ft. It looks fantastic at this time of year as the foliage turns from green to a pale yellow with hints of orange and pink before the foliage falls completely.
Our young specimens can be found in the wild garden up towards the nursery boundary. It is now listed as endangered in the wild and the felling of any tree or individual branch is illegal, which should help the native populations regenerate.
This tree is also quite special in that it is one of only six genus that are both deciduous and conifer. Other examples are the Ginkgo biloba or Maidenhair Tree, also from China, Taxodium distichum or Bald Cypress from the south east of the USA and the Larix decidua or European Larch that is native to the mountains in Europe.
Words and photographs by Phil
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