Redwood Database

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

Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Schirrmann’s Nordlicht (Northern Light)’

Dawn Redwood

‘Schirrmann’s Nordlicht’ is a cultivar that originated as a witches’ broom mutation on a plant of the ‘White Spot’ cultivar growing in Germany, prior to 2005. This unique selection exhibits a distinctive foliar display throughout the growing season.

In the spring, the foliage of ‘Schirrmann’s Nordlicht’ emerges with a creamy white coloration, adding a striking visual element to the plant’s appearance. As the season progresses and the leaves mature, their color transitions to green with a bronze variegation, further enhancing the cultivar’s ornamental appeal.

The origin of ‘Schirrmann’s Nordlicht’ as a witches’ broom mutation is noteworthy, as these genetic abnormalities can give rise to unique and desirable characteristics. In this case, the mutation resulted in a cultivar with a remarkable foliar color change, setting it apart from the parent ‘White Spot’ variety.

The combination of the creamy white spring foliage and the subsequent bronze-variegated green leaves creates a dynamic and visually appealing display throughout the growing season, making ‘Schirrmann’s Nordlicht’ a potential choice for gardeners and landscapers seeking to incorporate unique ornamental features into their plantings.