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Metasequoia glyptostroboides (Dawn Redwood)

Dawn Redwood, Water Fir


A sight to behold, Metasequoia glyptostroboides (Dawn Redwood) is a large deciduous coniferous tree of great beauty. It features an upright, narrowly conical form that enhances many landscapes. Unlike most cone-bearing trees, Dawn Redwood loses its foliage each winter. Delicate flat sprays of narrow, bright green leaves emerge in spring, mature to emerald green in summer, before warming up to rich shades of yellow-brown, pink, apricot and copper in the fall. Reddish on young trees, the bark on mature trees is darker, often deeply fissured, and attractively flared at the base. Oval, light brown female cones and pendant globose male cones are produced. The russet-red fall color of its lacy needles, the interesting winter silhouette are some of the outstanding characteristics of Dawn Redwood. A spectacular tree for stream banks or pond edges. A single specimen is an imposing sight and groves are effective.

  • Grows up to 70-100 ft. tall (21-30 m) and 15-25 ft. wide (4-8 m). A very fast grower, up to 4-6 ft. per year (120-180 cm).
  • A full sun lover, this plant is easily grown in moist, well-drained or poorly drained soils. Wet and clay soil tolerant.
  • Virtually pest and disease free.
  • Requires little pruning
  • Propagate by seed, hardwood or semi-hardwood cuttings
  • Native to Central China

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 10
Heat Zones 8 – 11
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A3
Plant Type Conifers, Trees
Plant Family Metasequoia - Dawn Redwoods
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 70' – 80' (21m – 24m)
Spread 15' – 25' (4.5m – 7.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Wet Soil
Garden Uses Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 10
Heat Zones 8 – 11
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A3
Plant Type Conifers, Trees
Plant Family Metasequoia - Dawn Redwoods
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 70' – 80' (21m – 24m)
Spread 15' – 25' (4.5m – 7.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Wet Soil
Garden Uses Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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