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Dawn Redwood

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Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) – The Metasequoia glyptostroboides, also known as the dawn redwood, is an ancient and interesting deciduous conifer with a very delicate, ferny appearance and a very tall, pyramidal habit of growth. Its shaggy, reddish bark is rather appealing, and it has beautiful apricot brown fall color. The dawn redwood is the hardiest of the redwood/sequoia family.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
55 feet
Average Landscape Width:
25 feet
Growth Rate:
fast
Genus:
Metasequoia
Species:
glyptostroboides
Summer Foliage Color:
lawn green
Fall Color:
copper
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
wet
Plant Form:
pyramidal
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Branching:
excurrent
Density:
open

Ornamental Features

Dawn Redwood is primarily valued in the landscape for its distinctively pyramidal habit of growth. It has emerald green deciduous foliage. The ferny bipinnately compound leaves turn an outstanding coppery-bronze in the fall. The peeling antique red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Dawn Redwood is an open deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

Planting & Growing

Dawn Redwood will grow to be about 55 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 100 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America.

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