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Redwood, Dawn Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Dawn Redwood—Metasequoia glyptostroboides

An ancient tree that knew the dinosaurs, but is well-suited to modern landscape plantings. Likes full sun, is easily transplanted. Deciduous. Prefers moist, deep, well-drained soils. Fast growing. Grows to 70' to 100', 25' spread. (zones 5-8)

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Zones 5 - 8
Zones 5 - 8

Hardiness Zones: Zones 5 - 8
The Dawn Redwood can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. VIEW MAP

Shade Tree
Shade Tree

Type of tree:
The Dawn Redwood falls into the following type(s): Shade Trees

70' - 100' High
70' - 100' High

Mature Height:
The Dawn Redwood grows to be 70' - 100' feet in height.

25' Spread
25' Spread

Mature Spread:
The Dawn Redwood has a spread of about 25' at full maturity.

Fast Growth
Fast Growth

Growth Rate:
This tree grows at a fast growth rate. [More about this.]

Full Sun
Full Sun

Sun:
This redwood does well in full sun.

Various Soils
Various Soils

Soil:
The Dawn Redwood grows in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, wet, clay soils.

Pyramidal Shape
Pyramidal Shape

Shape:
This redwood has pyramidal shape.

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More Info

Attributes:
The Dawn Redwood tree is a beautiful tree in parks, golf courses and other sites large enough to accommodate its size. On good sites, it's growth is rapid, with one tree in Virginia having reached 120 feet in 30 years! It is relatively care-free and is a tough and beautiful specimen tree in any large landscape, and always a conversation piece thanks to its history.

Description:
An ancient tree that knew the dinosaurs, but is well-suited to modern landscape plantings. Likes full sun, is easily transplanted. Deciduous. Prefers moist, deep, well-drained soils. Fast growing. Grows to 70' to 100', 25' spread. (zones 5-8)

Wildlife Value:
The Dawn Redwood provides winter cover for birds, small mammals and deer.

History/Lore/Use:
The Dawn Redwood is a living testimony to the surprises still to be found in nature. When dinosaurs roamed the earth, it is believed that trees in the Redwood family were very abundant. Today, only 9 genera and 15 species exist. Dawn Redwood was one of those known only as a fossil until 1948 when it was discovered growing in a remote valley of the Szechwan province in China. Seeds were shipped to the Arnold Arboretum and the species has been disseminated worldwide.

Moisture:
This Redwood can withstand some flooding and prefers moist soil conditions, but has some drought tolerance.

Leaves:
Fine and feathery in appearance, opposite in arrangement, flattened and about 1/2 inch long and 1/16 inch wide. Bright green above with a narrowly grooved mid vein. Easily confused with a Bald Cypress, but look on the latter for the leaves to be spirally arranged on the branchlets.

Flower Color:
Not showy, male flowers up to 12 inches long.

Bloom Time:
April to May.

Fruit Description:
The fruit is elongated, round 1/2 inch to 1 inch, and brown. Cones hang down on long stalks.