Redwood Database

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

Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Snow Flurry’

Dawn Redwood

Synonyms / alternative names
Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Pat McCracken’
Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘McCracken’s White’
Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Snow Flurries’

‘Snow Flurry’, also known as ‘Pat McCracken’ or ‘McCracken’s White’, is a cultivar characterised by its upright growth habit and cream-white variegated foliage. This distinctive selection was introduced to cultivation in 2005 by Pat McCracken from North Carolina.

The unique foliar variegation of ‘Snow Flurry’, with its cream-white colouration, sets it apart from the typical green foliage of the Dawn Redwood species, adding a striking ornamental value to this cultivar.

While initially introduced in the United States, ‘Snow Flurry’ gained wider distribution in European cultivation thanks to the efforts of the Edwin Smits Nursery in the Netherlands, which began propagating and marketing this cultivar in 2009, as documented by Auders & Spicer (2012).

The combination of the upright growth form and the eye-catching cream-white variegated foliage makes ‘Snow Flurry’ an attractive choice for gardeners and landscapers seeking to incorporate unique and visually striking plant material into their designs. Its variegated foliage not only adds a contrast to green landscapes but also offers a dynamic display as the leaves emerge and mature throughout the growing season.

The introduction and propagation of ‘Snow Flurry’ under its various names highlight the ongoing efforts to identify and preserve notable cultivars within the Dawn Redwood species, expanding the range of available options for horticulturists and plant enthusiasts alike.