Dawn redwood is a fascinating tree. It’s the only existing species of the Metasequoia genus and is so ancient that it was part of the scenery when dinosaurs roamed the earth millions of years ago. Scientists have found fossil remains of this tree throughout North America, China, and Europe. This tree was through to be extinct, until it was rediscovered by a forester in China in 1948. Since then, the dawn redwood has been reestablished throughout the world and is a favorite, fast-growing tree for landscape use. Under optimal conditions, it can grow 2-3’ in a year.
Dawn redwood is a deciduous conifer that, like evergreen conifers, produces small, ½”-1” cones. The tree has a beautiful pyramidal shape through most of its lifetime, transforming to a more rounded canopy with maturity. In the fall the foliage turns shades of orange to reddish-brown before it drops for the season. Dawn redwood continues growing late into the fall season making it somewhat susceptible to tip damage from occasional early freezes but on the “plus” side, it has no significant disease or pest problems.
Tolerates moist soil conditions making it a good choice for soggy areas of a landscape, a rain garden, or near water. Makes a good street tree in urban landscapes. Beautiful selection for bringing shade to a home landscape.