Redwood Database

An index of all Redwood cultivars both in and out of commercial production.

Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Emerald Feathers’

Dawn Redwood

‘Emerald Feathers’ is one of the most well-known cultivars of Metasequoia glyptostroboides. It was selected before 1972 at the US National Arboretum in Washington DC, making it traceable to the original introduction of the species in 1948. This cultivar was chosen for its combination of slender, conical habit, lustrous green leaves that are more vibrant than the typical form, and its exceptional vigour. ‘Emerald Feathers’ is capable of reaching 7 m in height within ten years, although a height of 4-6 m is more common (Auders & Spicer 2012). However, the characteristic lustrous green foliage may be somewhat variable, possibly due to environmental factors.

For example, a specimen at the Savill Garden in the UK did not appear noticeably greener than other Dawn Redwoods when observed in May 2021 (personal observation).