This conifer relative of the impressive sequoia redwoods is named after MO Botanical gardens director Dr. Raven and founder Henry Shaw. It has feather-like leaves and grows quickly in wet soils. The cultivar is different from normal Dawn Redwoods in that it has a pyramidal growth pattern, deeply furrowed bark, has better resistance to common leaf-disease, and low branching. These trees can grow to mature heights of 70 to 100 feet tall.
|Latin Name||Metasequoia glyptostrobodies ‘Raven’
|Color of Leaf||Light green spring, deep green summer, red-bronze fall|
|Shape of Leaf||Linear, feathery, fern-like|
|Color of Flower||N/A|
|Shape of Flower||N/A|
|Fruit Characteristics||Oval, light brown female cones 3/4″ long, male pendant globose 1/2″ long|
|Bark Characteristics||Reddish, deeply fissured|