Redwood Database

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

Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘White Spot’

Dawn Redwood

The ‘White Spot’ cultivar stands out among variegated Dawn Redwood selections due to its unique foliar variegation pattern. While most variegated cultivars exhibit a narrow margin of variegation along the perimeter of their leaflets, ‘White Spot’ leaves are additionally speckled with an irregular variegation across other parts of the leaf surface, a trait consistently exhibited throughout the entire plant.

This distinctive cultivar was initially discovered in the Netherlands in the early 1980s. It was later introduced into commercial cultivation by Pieter Zwijnenburg in the late 1990s, as documented by Auders & Spicer (2012).

Notably, a witches’ broom mutation was found on a ‘White Spot’ plant, leading to the development of another cultivar known as ‘Schirrmann’s Nordlicht’. This event highlights the potential for further variations to arise within existing cultivars, contributing to the diversity of forms available for the Dawn Redwood species.

The irregular speckled variegation pattern of ‘White Spot’ not only sets it apart from other variegated cultivars but also adds a unique ornamental quality to its foliage. This distinctive trait, combined with the overall form and deciduous nature of the Dawn Redwood, makes ‘White Spot’ an attractive choice for gardeners and landscapers seeking to incorporate visually striking and unusual plant material into their designs.