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Uses

Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Metasequoia glyptostroboides.

Material uses

Plants can be grown as a tall hedge[1]. Plants have an extensive root system and so they are used to stabilize river banks and paddy field walls[2].
There are no material uses listed for Metasequoia glyptostroboides.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Metasequoia glyptostroboides.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Canopy

Ecological Functions

Hedge


Earth stabiliser

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow late winter in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.

Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame.

Cuttings of mature wood, late autumn in a frame. Very easy[3].

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Cultivation

Succeeds in most soils and situations[4], even in shallow standing water[3]. It is slow growing in dry soils or shallow chalk but grows rapidly in moist or wet soils[4][1][3]. Succeeds in most pH's down to 3.5[2]. Requires a sunny position but likes as much side shelter as possible[2].

A very hardy plant when dormant, tolerating temperatures down to about -30°c[2]. The fresh spring growth, however, is subject to damage by late frosts[4][2]. It grows best in south-eastern England and poorly in Scotland where it suffers from the lack of summer warmth[5][2]. Growth can be very rapid when young with annual increases of 1 metre common. However, unless the tree is in a sheltered position and a moist soil the growth rate reduces dramatically once it is 6 metres tall[5]. New growth takes place from May to August[5].

This plant was only known from fossil records until it was discovered growing wild in China in 1941.

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Metasequoia glyptostroboides. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Metasequoia glyptostroboides.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Genus
Metasequoia
Family
Taxodiaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
5
Heat Zone
?
Water
aquatic
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    Mature Size
    15 x 4 meters
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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    References

    1. ? 1.01.11.2 Shepherd. F.W. Hedges and Screens. Royal Horticultural Society. ISBN 0900629649 (1974-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.12.22.32.42.52.62.7 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.13.2 Rushforth. K. Conifers. Christopher Helm ISBN 0-7470-2801-X (1987-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.14.24.3 Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.15.2 Mitchell. A. F. Conifers in the British Isles. HMSO ISBN 0-11-710012-9 (1975-00-00)
    6. ? [Flora of China] (1994-00-00)

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