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Dawn Redwood

Metasequoia glyptostroboides

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Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Metasequoia glyptostroboides

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Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Metasequoia glyptostroboides foliage

Metasequoia glyptostroboides foliage

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Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Metasequoia glyptostroboides bark

Metasequoia glyptostroboides bark

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  90 feet

Spread:  25 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Description:

An ancient and interesting deciduous conifer with a very delicate, ferny appearance, and a very tall, pyramidal habit of growth; shaggy, reddish bark is rather appealing, beautiful apricot brown fall color; the hardiest of the redwood/sequoia family

Ornamental Features

Dawn Redwood has emerald green foliage throughout the season. The ferny bipinnately compound leaves turn an outstanding coppery-bronze in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The peeling indian red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Dawn Redwood is an open deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Dawn Redwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Dawn Redwood will grow to be about 90 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 100 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Shade  Articulation 
Applications
Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features