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Metasequoia glyptostroboides

 
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Metasequoia glyptostroboides - dawn redwood
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Common name: dawn redwood
Family: Cupressaceae
Distribution: West China Hubei and Hunan provinces
Habitat: Wet lower slopes, montane river and stream valleys
IUCN Red list: Endangered
Hardiness: Zone 4a -30 to -25 F
Life form: Deciduous conifer
Usage: Ornamental shade tree
Comments: Dawn redwood is a fast growing deciduous conifer reaching 100' x 25' at maturity. Known as the living fossil, the tree was known in the fossil record. A stand of trees was discovered in China in 1943, seeds sent to Arnold Arboretum. Leaves are opposite, linear, feathery, soft to the touch, 1-3cm long. Spring foliage is a light green, needles are soft, featherlike turning a deep green in summer. In autumn, leaves turn red bronze in color and then drop. Deeply fissured orange, shaggy bark provides winter interest. Trees are monoecious, producing oval, light brown female cones (3/4” long) and pendant globose male cones (1/2” long).
Best grown in moist, rich, well-drained soils in full sun. Best foliage color is in full sun. Appreciates consistent moisture. Tolerates some wet soils.
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