Dawn Redwood

Dawn Redwood

Metasequoia glyptostroboides


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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.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars
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Lovely color of green and soft to touch
Shelley from OK wrote (April 05, 2016):
I love the special green color of the dawn redwood tree. When it starts filling out in the spring it really attracts attention. I planted four green and one golden variety at our previous house 20 years ago. I watered well the fist 5 years and they thanked me by growing super fast. The soil at that part of town is very good, being a little acid with moisture but good drainage. I have planted 18 green and six golden at our new location. The soil at this part of town is crappy alkaline clay. They are near a storm drainage ditch system so they will be able to find water when too big for me to water. The trees love the Oklahoma humidity. These are not trees to plant close to the house because of the roots. The upward branches make wonderful bird nest holders. The tree likes acid soil best. I read somewhere that holly trees and pine trees help add acid to soil so I scattered a few of those around hoping to acidify the alkaline clay condition.
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.
dawn redwood
Robert Agee from IN wrote (February 03, 2013):
Outstanding, tough, easy to grow tree. Have grown the 'Sheridan Spire' cultivar in zone 5 for approximately 10 years with no real problems. It is about 20' tall.
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.
Take the time to research which tree you want and its needs. Try to get as much information as you can about your tree before you plant. This section offers a few brief tips about general care that should get you started in the right direction. The Rising Sun™ Redbud

How to Plant Your Tree

When planting a new tree, know the strengths and weaknesses of your treevariety. For example, if your tree has delicate leaves placing the trees fully exposed to drying sun and wind will certainly lead to scorched leaves and a puny trees. Think of your tree's habit and mature size when planting. You would not want a tree that will be 15' wide in a few years planted too closely to any permanent structure or other trees. Choose a place with plenty of room in a partially shaded place, preferably a spot where your tree can get a nice dose of morning sun and be protected through the harshest part of those hot summer afternoons.

Gardeners will often plant their trees in holes that are too deep and too narrow. Roots need access to oxygen and room to grow. Dig a hole about three times the width of the root ball, and the crown (the place where the roots meet the trunk) should be level with the soil surface. If you have clay soil, make sure to break up the sides and bottom of the hole to prevent water from being trapped and rotting your brand new tree. If your tree was in a container, carefully pull apart the roots to ensure that your tree does not become girdled and strangle itself. Recover the soil to the crown, but do not pack it down tightly—loose dirt allows roots to become established.

How to Feed and Water Your Tree

Trees, once established are very low-maintenance for most of the year. Most trees love moisture—during the warmer months, make sure you give your tree a deep watering about twice a week during hot, dry summers to help it establish strong roots.Some varieties with more delicate leaves may have a tendency to dry up and scorch in the summer or freeze in a late frost and scorch. If you suspect a late frost is headed your way, just go ahead and cover the more delicate plants in your garden. Deep watering may be your only hope against drying in the summer.

An all-purpose slow-release fertilizer or rich compost will supply the basic nutrients to feed most trees. Just work the fertilizer into the soil around the tree at the beginning of every season to get the best results.

How to Prune Your Tree

If your tree has been properly planted, has established itself, and has developed a strong root system, the only thing left to do is periodic pruning and shaping. Pruning maples is really simple. Remove dead or damaged limbs, and any new growth that appears on the main trunk (allowing your tree to focus its energy on filling out its distinctly beautiful branches). You may also want to shorten long limbs that distract from the overall shape of the tree.

Choosing Tree Varieties to Suit Your Garden

Want to make a dramatic change in the overall look of your garden? Planting a trees is the quickest way to change the look and feel of your garden. Trees add structure and height, and they have striking presence and style. A few strategically placed trees in your landscape design can change the entire look and feel of your yard. Planting a tree provides incredible results for the modest amount money and time invested, it's good for the environment, and it's fun.

Some of the quickest growers are also the most interesting. Many varieties of dense firs, colorful maples, and wispy willows grow quickly enough to noticeably change the look of your garden in just one season. Fast-growing trees are as functional as they are beautiful—quickly providing privacy screens, shade trees, and dramatic color and fragrance that could take years to achieve with slower varieties.

Landscape Design with Evergreen Trees and Shrubs

Most Pines, Cypresses, and Thujas grow incredibly fast, and make a great quick fix for most of your tree-related garden needs. A tall pine, like a Loblolly or Rock Pine, can reach impressive shade-tree heights in a third of the time that it would take many deciduous trees to reach the same height. And the long, dark-green, wispy needles give an ephemeral—almost mystical—feel, turning your garden into the setting of a great fairytale. Thujas, also known as Arborvitae, are the fastest-growing evergreens around. Their dense green foliage is perfect for blocking outside sights, sounds, and wind—turning your garden into a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle.

Fast Growing Deciduous Trees

Many of the most popular trees for gardeners are also some of the fastest growers. Red Maples and Weeping Willows are sold bare-root, about two or three years old, and not more than a few feet tall. But often, after being planted in your yard, they will grow 3 to 5 feet in one year. These trees are popular because of their interesting foliage and habit, and because they offer such quick return on investment, they have become indispensable in landscape design.

Grow Your Own Fruit

Growing your own fruit is cheaper, more fun, and usually a lot safer than buying fruit from the grocery store. Also, fruit trees are usually very impressive in the garden--they usually have pretty, fragrant blooms, and they attract humming birds and butterflies.

Fruit trees are always popular, but often it takes several years before a tree produces a substantial amount of fruit. There are a few fast-growing fruit tree varieties that produce a useful amount of fruit within a couple seasons. Dwarf citrus trees are small, and mature very fast, but you can only grow these in containers unless you live in a very warm place. Trees from the genus Prunus, like cherries, apricots, plums, and peaches, all grow fairly quickly, and they are so diverse that any gardener will be able to find exactly what they need.

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Dawn Redwood

Planting:

Set plants 25 feet apart to allow for ultimate spread. Choose a location in full sun and a deep, well drained, slightly acid, moist soil; the Dawn Redwood is intolerant of lime. Avoid location where early fall or late spring frosts are likely to occur, as these times are when plants grow considerably. They make one of the most beautiful of all lawn specimens.


Maintenance:

Remarkably easy to care for, hardy, and tolerant of pollution. It is unlikely that pruning will be necessary, for plants naturally assume an attractive, orderly habit. Easily transplanted. Should be well watered during times of drought.


Zones:

Zones 5-9

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