Redwood Database

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

Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘National’

Dawn Redwood

Synonyms / alternative names
Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Fastigiata’

Despite its original, invalid name of ‘Fastigiata’, Auders & Spicer (2012) offer little commendation for ‘National’, describing it as a compact, narrowly conical tree, otherwise similar to the species. They do not provide clear guidelines on how to reliably differentiate it from other narrowly conical forms, such as ‘Moerheim’. However, its distinct origin is noteworthy – ‘National’ was selected in 1958 from a tree growing at the U.S. National Arboretum, merely a decade after the coast redwood’s introduction to cultivation.

This early selection suggests that the distinctive traits of ‘National’ may have been most apparent during its youth, potentially becoming less pronounced with age. While Auders & Spicer imply a lack of significant distinguishing features, the rapid selection hints at unique characteristics that initially caught the attention of horticulturists. Regardless of its long-term distinctiveness, ‘National’ provides an interesting perspective on the efforts to explore and document variations within newly introduced species.