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Metasequoia Genus

Water fir

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun, Part shade or Shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterMoist

Description

Metasequoia genus (Water fir). As a conifer it is distinguished from other trees and shrubs by producing seeds which are exposed on the scales of woody fruits called cones and needle-like leaves. They have 2-ranked linear leaves that turn gold to red brown in autumn. They are good specimen trees growing to a great height. Grow in humus rich, moist but well drained soil in full sun. They can be propagated by seed in autumn or hardwood cuttings in winter.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Conifers or Trees

Other common names

Dawn redwood, Redwood

Origin

C& W China

Interest and use

Specimen planting

Cultivation

It prefers full sun, deep fertile soil, good summer rainfall and shelter from strong winds. It is tolerant of waterlogged soils and is very frost hardy. If the conifer produces more than one leader, to maintain the general conical habit remove all but one leader. To restrict the height of the plant, the leader can be cut back.

Propagation

Propagate from seed in autumn or spring. Take cuttings from side shoots in autumn (although forms selected for leaf colour do not come true using this method). One can also take evergreen current growth cuttings in autumn to spring and deciduous softwood cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Honey fungus may be a problem; young plants are more susceptible.

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