Plant Profile: Dawn Redwood

Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) was once thought to be extinct. This "fossil" tree was rediscovered in China during World War II and reestablished in many parts of the world. It is a very gracefull and elegant tree that will grow to 120 feet. They will grow to about 50 feet within a 20 year period. It has no serious pest problems.

Dawn Redwood has light green opposite foliage that is very soft and fine textured

It is a unique plant in that it, along with Bald Cypress, is a deciduous confier that loses its needles in the fall. Fall color is actually quite good.

At this time of year you will notice it blooming, which is interesting though not particularly ornamental.
Dawn Redwood develops an interesting and ornamental peeling bark in varying shades or orange and red.
It also develops "Armpits" at the branch unions as the tree trunk expands.
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Authors: Dave Gardner