Dawn Redwood - Metasequoia glyptostroboides

    Description

    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

    Habitat

    Sometimes planted in parks and gardens.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    Deciduous.

    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.

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