Dawn Redwood - Metasequoia glyptostroboides


Metasequoia glyptostroboides is a vigorous deciduous conifer making a large, narrowly conical tree to 25m, with flat sprays of narrow, pale green leaves that turn brownish-pink and yellow in autumn. Cones and flowers insignificant. It has reddish-brown fibrous bark.

Similar Species

Taxodium distichum - the Swamp Cypress - is also a deciduous conifer with flattened shoots 

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Leaves flattened in two rows in opposite pairs.  (Taxodium leaves are spirally or alternately arranged.)

Recording advice

Photographs of shoots showing opposite leaves; photo of whole tree


Sometimes planted in parks and gardens.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History


UK Status

Scattered records from across Britain.

VC55 Status

Uncommon or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

Common names
Dawn Redwood
Species group:
Trees, Shrubs & Climbers
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
01/05/2017 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
05/09/2023 (axon, kaye)

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