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Dawn Redwood
The Ancient Tree Believed to Be Extinct for Centuries!

Dawn Redwood

2-Quart
Item # 47422
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This fast-growing deciduous conifer is simply breathtaking!

Gorgeous fall foliage and preference for damp, soggy soil make it a natural fit in many gardens!
If you have the space to grow the Dawn Redwood, you owe it not only to yourself but to the neighborhood and the larger landscape to grow this exceptional ancient tree. Metasequoia glyptostroboides once blanketed North America (some 35 million years ago), but vanished long, long ago. It was believed to be extinct worldwide until 1943, when Zhan Wang discovered a grove in China. Thanks to seedling distribution by Harvard's Arnold Arboretum and the dedication of plantsmen around the world, specimens of this magnificent tree are now available for home gardens. Do not miss the chance to grow it!

Dawn Redwood is a deciduous conifer with fresh green foliage and small, scaly cones (present only in hot-summer climates). In autumn, the needles turn a deep brownish shade of red before dropping -- a splendid sight! This tree grows quickly, often creating buttress roots (raised roots above the soil on all sides of the trunk, helping to support it and to access surface nutrients) that add to its stunning ornamental appeal. After just 10 years it may be 10 to 15 feet tall; after 30 it could be as much as 50 feet high, and ultimately it will reach 100 or more feet high, with a trunk several feet in diameter at the base.

This pyramidal tree is a glorious landmark in any large-scale setting. It loves moist to wet soils, so it's a natural choice for a waterside planting, and poor soil drainage is a godsend to its thirsty roots. As you might expect, it is not drought-tolerant at all, particularly when young, so take care to select a spot that acquires constant moisture with or without your intervention!

Easy to care for, Dawn Redwood has been found to be very tolerant of urban pollution. It seems to thrive best in almost rainforest conditions, which the high humidity in much of the U.S. is happy to provide! This part of the world was once its home, and you will find it quite adaptable to nearly any condition except dry soil.

Metasequoia glyptostroboides is nearly extinct in the wild, and is on the critically endangered list. (Relentless cone collection from the wild population in China has largely prevented the natural reproduction of the original 1943 trees.) In 1995 a grove named the Crescent Ridge Dawn Redwoods Preserve was planted in the Appalachian region of North Carolina, and it is hoped that one day this 50-acre stand of trees will become established enough to become a public park (2035 is the target date for opening the preserve to the public). Presently the only place to view a large number of Dawn Redwoods in the wild is China.

This is a very special tree, historically as well as botanically. Consider giving it a home in your landscape and preserving one of the Earth's most ancient of known species! Zones 4-8.

Genus Metasequoia
Species glyptostroboides
ItemForm 2-Quart
Zone 4 - 8
Habit Upright
PlantHeight 70 ft - 100 ft
PlantWidth 15 ft - 25 ft
AdditionalCharacteristics Award Winner, Easy Care Plants, Fall Color, Fast Growing, Heirloom
FoliageColor Burgundy, Medium Green, Red
LightRequirements Full Sun
MoistureRequirements Moist,  well-drained, Wet
SoilTolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy
Uses Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Privacy, Specimen
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Average Based on 4 Reviews Write a Review
Fast grower
Steve Conrad from SC wrote (July 26, 2014):
I put these trees (2) in the ground in the spring of 2013. They were about 18" tall in their pots, since then I have given them 4 applications of Milorganite (two handfuls each time) up until now, JUly 2014. The trees were 2.5 feet when I put them in, they are now almost 7 feet and look beautiful, just as advertised.
Great for my area!
Lynn from TX wrote (May 24, 2012):
Love, love, love this tree! It is fast growing and very beautiful. Takes the heat and humidity here (Houston, Texas area).
Redwoods in Louisiana? You must be kidding ...
Diane Cook from LA wrote (May 01, 2012):
I am in NE Louisiana, zone 8. While browsing the tree section of my local nursery, I chose 3 nice Bald Cypress and saw the Dawn Redwood, almost mistaking it for a cypress tree. When I inquired and was told it was a redwood, I knew I had to have it! I planted it about a month ago, and it measured 8 ft. after I got it in the ground. It has already added about 6 inches in height and has new lateral growth as well. Keeping it watered well. We have a pond in the backyard and I will be adding 2 or 3 of these around the edge. Beautiful tree!!!
My metasequoia
Will Kern from IN wrote (April 10, 2012):
I planted the tree many years ago. 50ft or so now. I was facinated by its history. I have a young upright form growing now.