Metasequoia glyptostroboides

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

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 Dawn Redwood.

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 Dawn Redwoods stunning ornamental appeal. After just 10 years Dawn Redwood may be 10 to 15 feet tall; after 30 Dawn Redwood could be as much as 50 feet high, and ultimately Dawn Redwood 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. Dawn Redwood 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, Dawn Redwood 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. Dawn Redwood 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 Dawn Redwood 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 Dawn Redwood a home in your landscape and preserving one of the Earth's most ancient of known species.


Skip Product Specs
Genus Metasequoia
Species glyptostroboides
Item Form 2-Quart
Zone 4 - 8
Habit Upright
Plant Height 70 ft - 100 ft
Plant Width 15 ft - 25 ft
Additional Characteristics Award Winner, Easy Care Plants, Fall Color, Fast Growing, Heirloom
Foliage Color Burgundy, Medium Green, Red
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained, Wet
Soil Tolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy
Uses Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Privacy, Specimen
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Product Review Summary

Based on 6 reviews
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 4.5/5.0

Customer Reviews

April 05, 2016

Lovely color of green and soft to touch

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

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.

Shelley from OK
July 26, 2014

Fast grower

This shopper rated the product 4 out of 5 stars

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.

Steve Conrad from SC
February 03, 2013

dawn redwood

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

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.

Robert Agee from IN
May 24, 2012

Great for my area!

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

Love, love, love this tree! It is fast growing and very beautiful. Takes the heat and humidity here (Houston, Texas area).

Lynn from TX
May 01, 2012

Redwoods in Louisiana? You must be kidding ...

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

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!!!

Diane Cook from LA

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