Redwood Database

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

Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Waasland’

Dawn Redwood

Originating from the eponymous Belgian arboretum in the late 1970s, the ‘Waasland’ cultivar is characterized by its highly upright growth habit. This distinctive feature extends not only to the primary branches but also to the branchlets, which are described as erect by Auders & Spicer (2012). However, the authors notably refrain from explicitly labeling this cultivar as “fastigiate.”

In addition to its upright growth form, ‘Waasland’ is further distinguished by its bark colouration, described as dark brown to black. This characteristic bark hue adds to the cultivar’s unique visual appeal, setting it apart from the typical bark appearance of the Dawn Redwood species.

While the upright growth habit of ‘Waasland’ is a defining feature, Auders & Spicer’s reluctance to categorize it as fastigiate suggests that the authors perceive nuances or variations in its growth pattern compared to other strictly fastigiate forms.

The combination of the highly upright branches and branchlets, coupled with the dark bark colouration, contributes to the distinctive ornamental qualities of the ‘Waasland’ cultivar. These characteristics not only offer visual interest but also potentially make it a suitable choice for gardeners and landscapers seeking a compact, upright form of the Dawn Redwood for specific design purposes or space constraints.