Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'MATTHAEI BROOM' ('Head Hunter')

Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'MATTHAEI BROOM' ('Head Hunter')
dawn redwood
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
LEAVES deciduous conifer
COLOUR OF LEAVES light green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full sun
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS tolerates (but does not demand) wet ground
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
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Dawn redwood was believed to be extinct for centuries. Until first specimen were brought from China in 1941 and propagated throughout the world.

Only recently a new variety of dawn redwood was introduced in the USA when a naturally occurring mutation of a witches broom was found in Matthaei Botanical Gardens of Michigan University, USA. It was named Matthaei Broom and as many people could not spell that properly it was re-named to Head Hunter for commercial purposes. It is a fantastic variety combining the beauty of the typically dawn redwood soft green foliage and slower, congested growth which makes it ideal to become a jewel in a small garden, too.

Thanks to its flat, fresh green, deciduous needles it is often mistaken for swamp cypress (taxodium distichum). Young shrubs form somewhat irregular, oval shape, making a central leader later. Far more attractive are stem forms with dense, almost flat umbrella-shaped crown with slightly drooping ends of branches. Autumn colour is orange to golden yellow. Pruning, if desired, can be done at the end of winter.

Being closely related to swamp cypress, it also likes constantly moist soil, some sources even say that the roots can stand in shallow water. We have been growing dawn redwood in partly water-logged location and it is doing fine. Just make sure not to overwater freshly transplanted root-ball. The soil should be humus-rich, acidic to alkaline. Fully hardy to min. -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Last update 09-01-2010
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Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'MATTHAEI BROOM' ('Head Hunter') height of stem 125 cm

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Taxodium distichum
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