Thinking of starting your own Jurassic Park? Fancy a living fossil in your garden? Well we've got just the thing for you. Dawn Redwoods Metasequoia glyptostroboides. Originally described from fossils, living specimens were found in China in the 1940's. The Dawn Redwood is listed by the IUCN as Endangered (don't worry - our trees are cultivated). Be warned - this is a tree of potentially huge stature as befits dinosaur food.
In the modern garden this tree makes an awesome specimen tree that is tolerant of a range of conditions including damp soils. It grows rapidly and is one of the relatively few deciduous conifers which turns to yellows and oranges before shedding its soft needle-like foliage.
Plant one. Make a statement.
We've also taken delivery of two young Maidenhair trees Ginkgo biloba. Belonging to a genus that first appeared in the early Jurassic these trees were widespread throughout the late Jurassic and Cretaceous. However numbers declined and they are now only found in the wild in a small area of central China. Their IUCN Conservation status is Endangered.
These trees evolved in an era before flowering plants, when ferns, cycads, and cycadeoids dominated disturbed streamside environments, forming low, open, shrubby canopies. Their large seeds and habit of "bolting" – growing to a height of 10 meters before elongating its side branches – may be adaptions to such an environment.
Today ginkgos are best grown in well-drained soil in full sun. They are tolerant of atmospheric pollution ( even surviving the atomic blast at Hiroshima!). As with the Dawn Redwood they make an excellent specimen tree.