St Austell - Pine Lodge Gardens (Cornwall)
|Thanks to Lee for the photographs of more Redwoods in Cornwall. These are at Pine Lodge Gardens in Holmbush, St. Austell. Lee says "Here they have a pinetum and have planted a number of conifers in such a way that when they mature, they'll form the shape of a natural amphitheatre with the largest/tallest trees at the back. Sounds like a good idea to me. They have one Giant Sequoia and one Dawn Redwood - if there was a Coast Redwood, I didn't see it.
Both trees are fairly young. The Dawn has withstood its early years having been planted in the shadiest end, but the Sequoia looks like it has fared much worse. Shade aside, they are both only a few hundred metres from the southern coastline, so airborne salt might be an issue here. Also, when do Dawn Redwood needles go orange? No sign of any colour change on this one."
The Giant Redwood that Lee said might not be in as healthier state as the Dawn Redwood is almost certainly in fact a weeping variety known as Pendulum. These have a narrow, very droopy form to them and there are several listed on the web site at Cambridge University Botanical Gardens, Wakehurst Place and Bodnant Gardens.
The Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) should start to turn orange as the chill of Autumn bites. The intensity of the orange colour varies year to year and I understand it depends upon the rate at which the season changes.