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Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Metasequoia glyptostroboides

This deciduous, monoecious, coniferous tree grows to 100 feet tall. Its oddly shaped, branch-pitted trunk is often deeply fluted and “buttressed” and has orange-brown bark. Attractive, lacy foliage is bright green in early summer, turning golden bronze before falling in autumn. Female cones are light brown and ovoid, while male cones are rounder, pendent, and darker brown.

CareGrow in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. On dry sites, growth slows down after the tree reaches 30 feet tall.

PropagationFrom hardwood cuttings in winter, or semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in midsummer.


  • Genus : Metasequoia
  • Zones : 10, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Width : 15 to 30 feet
  • Plant Height : 30 feet or more
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Characteristics : Interesting Bark, Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Plant Type : Trees

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