Redwood Database

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

Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Vada’

Dawn Redwood

The origins of the ‘Vada’ cultivar can be traced back to seeds obtained from the Arnold Arboretum in 1949. It was subsequently selected in Europe prior to 1970 and named by Broekhuizen & Zwart in the Netherlands.

The distinguishing feature of ‘Vada’ lies in its predominance of horizontal branches, which collectively create a strongly pyramidal profile, as documented by Auders & Spicer (2012). This distinct growth habit sets it apart from other Dawn Redwood cultivars and contributes to its ornamental appeal.

The horizontal orientation of the branches in ‘Vada’ results in a pyramidal silhouette, with the branches forming a distinct, layered structure. This growth pattern not only adds visual interest but also creates a unique architectural form that can serve as a focal point in landscaped settings.

While retaining the overall characteristics of the Dawn Redwood species, the ‘Vada’ cultivar offers a distinct branching pattern that shapes its overall appearance. This variation in growth habit demonstrates the diversity that can arise within a species and highlights the importance of selection and propagation in preserving unique forms for horticultural and ornamental purposes.