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Water Firs

Metasequoia spp.

Also known as

Dawn Redwoods

Dawn Redwood Metasequoia glyptostroboides Trunk 2448px by Ram-Man (CC BY-SA 2.5)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

6a

USDA zone

-23°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

36m

Max

12m

Min

8m

25 years to reach maturity

Flowering

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    Water Firs Overview

    Metasequoia is a small genus containing just 1 deciduous conifer tree species from the Cupressaceae family. This confier is native to China and known commonly by the name Dawn Redwood. It produces soft, needle-shaped leaves arranged in two flat ranks along the shoot. They are often pale in colour when young, turning green with age. This plant displays attractive autumn colouration, with the foliage turning shades of brown-pink and yellow. Flowers are non-showy and the cones are green upon emergence, developing to a brown shade with age.

    How to propagate Water Firs

    Seed

    Cuttings

    Hardwood or semi-hardwood cuttings

    Special features of Water Firs

    Attractive leaves

    Autumn colour

    Other uses of Water Firs

    Specimen planting