Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Plant type

Medium trees

Common name
Metasequoia, Abete d'acqua


Family
Taxodiaceae


Tag

    Habitus

  • Medium trees

    Exposure

  • Sun

    Leaf Persistance

  • Deciduous

    Crown Shape

  • Conical

    Flower Colour

  • Non significant

    Flowering Period

  • 02-February
  • 03-March

    Climatic Zone

  • 5

    Continent of Origin

  • Asia

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Origin: China.

Botanical characteristics: It is a majestic deciduous conifer. It was considered extinct, but then discovered again in China in 1941. It is fast-growing, reaches 35 mt in height and has a perfect conical growth habit. Its bark is particular because it is orange-brown, fiber-rich and peels off in large soft plates. The leaves are linear, soft and are similar to those of Taxodium disticum. They appear in opposite pairs, as well as the small branches. In autumn it turns splendidly bronze. It is a monoecious plant with separated flowers on the same plant, whose female inflorescences produce during the same year small ovoid pine cones that are initially green and then brown.

Agronomic and environmental characteristics: It prefers deep, fertile and moist but drained soils. It does not tolerate too long standing water.

Use: It is used as isolated or in groups specimen plant in large parks and gardens. It is present in dendrological collections.