Genus A genus widely distributed in the northern hemisphere, first discovered in 1945. Metasequoia are large deciduous conifer trees with reddish-brown fibrous bark and soft, pale green linear leaves arranged in two ranks on the shoots, colouring beautifully in autumn. Metasequoia is important in the Cupressaceae family because it links the alternating pair leaf arrangement of the Cypresses and Junipers with the needle-like leaves of the Redwoods.
Details Hand grafted and propagated at Lime Cross Nursery Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Miss Grace’ is the first Metasequoia cultivar with strongly weeping branches. This gorgeous plant makes a superb living sculpture when it is staked up so the branches drape freely. The tree’s small needles and thin branches resemble those of the species Taxodium, but with opposite, not alternate, buds and needles.
Soil Type: Normal, heavy clay, light sandy, chalk, loam. Aspect: Full sun. Foliage Type: Deciduous. Foliage Colour: Bright green and orange-bronze needle-like leaves. Pot Size: 3 litre and 10 Litre. Ultimate Height: 12m. Ultimate Spread: 8m. Growth Rate: 20 - 50 years. Special Attributes: When the deciduous conifer drops its foliage, the peeling bark and swooping framework supply winter interest. Discovered as a witch’s broom in New York.