Redwood Database

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

Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Nitschke Cream’

Dawn Redwood

‘Nitschke Cream’ is a unique cultivar that exhibits a combination of several distinctive traits. It displays an upright growth habit, coupled with leaves that emerge cream-coloured but later transition to green as they mature. Additionally, this cultivar is characterized by its very dark bark, described as ‘black’ by Auders & Spicer (2012). The ‘Nitschke Cream’ selection was made in Australia prior to 1998.

The unusual foliar trait of emerging cream-coloured and later turning green is likely the result of a genetic mutation affecting the timing and distribution of pigment production in the leaves. This trait not only adds visual interest but also highlights the potential for natural variations within the species.

Furthermore, the presence of very dark, almost black bark sets ‘Nitschke Cream’ apart from the typical bark colouration of Sequoia sempervirens, contributing to its overall unique appearance.

The combination of these traits – upright habit, foliage colour change, and distinctive bark – makes ‘Nitschke Cream’ a notable cultivar within the diverse range of coast redwood variations. Its selection and propagation in Australia demonstrate the ongoing efforts to identify and preserve novel forms of this iconic conifer species.