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Dawn Redwood

Dawn Redwood Tree
The dawn redwood is a living fossil. Assumed extinct, it was discovered alive and well in China in 1941. Beautiful, very tall, and with a long lifespan, the dawn redwood has become widely planted and loved in the 74 years since its discovery. The dawn redwood resembles the common baldcypress, and like it, is a deciduous conifer, meaning it drops its leaves in fall. In winter it has a beautiful and distinctive silhouette. You can find a trio of dawn redwoods planted in the 1980s at Strawberry Fields.

Common Name: Dawn Redwood

Scientific Name: Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Origin: China

Family: Taxodiaceae

Size: 75 - 100' tall

Form: Uniform conical habit, horizontal branching

Culture: Best in moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soils; full sun is needed; easily transplanted


Deciduous needle-like leaves, opposite arrangement on branchlets


Male flowers in clusters, female flowers solitary, not ornamentally important


0.5 - 1" long, elongated or rounded cones, blue when young


Shredded, reddish brown, develops interesting buttressed trunk, base is tapered and exhibits a braided or fluted structure