The Dawn redwood, Metasequoia glyptostroboides. is a pretty unusual tree having been known for a long time only through the fossil record until some were found growing in China in 1941. It was introduced into the UK in 1947. It is a deciduous conifer and so sheds the foliage in the autumn before growing new in the spring.
It apparently propagates very easily which has quickly led to the tree being found in large numbers throughout the world. It is reckoned to be quite hardly but a bit vulnerable to hard late spring frosts. The mature trees in it’s native S.E. China reputably grow to 35m. plus and have rounded crowns.
This simple but attractive little tree is clearly still quite young but a start has been made to create a nice shohin bonsai, the nicely tapering trunk is only 24cm. in height. The as yet basic branch structure spreads to 25cm. At the base the trunk is 2cm. in diam. More branches can be grown and a denser ramification developed quite quickly with this relatively fast growing tree. It is worth having just for that delicate frond like foliage with the beautiful lime green colouration. The reddish hue of the bark is also an attractive feature. The pot is an oval plastic bonsai trainer 24x18x5cm.