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Dawn Redwood Tree Seeds - Metasequoia glyptostroboides - Fast Growing & Acid Loving - Zones 4 - 8

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Dawn Redwood, Metasequoia glyptostroboides, Tree Seeds

Metasequoia glyptostroboides, the Dawn Redwood, is a fast-growing, critically endangered deciduous conifer tree, sole living species of the genus Metasequoia, and one of three species of conifers known as redwoods. It is native to theSichuan-Hubei region of China. Although shortest of the redwoods, it grows to at least 200 ft (61 m) in height.
Local villagers refer to the original tree from which most others derive as Shui-sa, or "water fir," which is part of a local shrine. Since that tree's rediscovery in 1943, the Dawn Redwood has become a popular ornamental tree in parks and gardens worldwide.

In cultivation, Metasequoia glyptostroboides is hardy to USDA Zone 5, making it hardy down to lows of -25°F (-32°C). It is very tolerant of soggy, water-logged soils as in the wild it is adapted to growing in flood plains. Until it is established in a specific site, it is very prone to drought and inadequate water availability. The Dawn Redwood is recommended for urban areas in the Midwest, Southeast, and East Coast of North America, as its fast growth rate and tolerance for air pollution make it widely adaptable and able to thrive where other species might suffer.

Fast Growth, Fall Colors, Exfoliating Bark, Moist Soil, Acid Loving, Specimen Tree, Bonsai

Dawn redwood is a deciduous conifer that can get up to 150 feet tall with a trunk diameter exceeding 8 feet. It is an extremely fast growing tree that can reach 50 ft in height in just 15 or 20 years. The overall shape is pyramidal with a single straight trunk. As the tree matures, the trunk becomes elaborately fluted and buttressed at the base and the bark is an attractive reddish brown and fibrous, shredding and peeling in long, thin strips. The trees are monoecious, producing oval, light brown female cones (3/4” long) and pendant globose male cones (1/2” long). The needle-like leaves have a dense, feathery texture, are flattened and linear, about 0.5 inches long and arranged in two opposite ranks. The foliage is fern-like, soft to the touch and somewhat resembles yew. Foliage emerges light green in spring, matures to deep green in summer. In autumn, the foliage takes on an excellent rich orange-brown or coppery color. Even the winter silhouette is very attractive with its massive, fluted trunk and strong horizontal branches.


Dawn redwood is related to and closely resembles bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) and redwood (Sequoia). It is the sole living representative of its genus. It was first described from Pliocene fossils (5 million years old), and only in 1946 did botanists discover that the species was still persisting in a small area of China. It was growing along riverbanks, and Chinese peasants were cultivating it for soil stabilization around their rice paddies. The U.S. National Arboretum organized an expedition to collect seeds in 1948, and these were immediately disseminated to other arboreta. Today dawn redwood is a well-known ornamental in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.

Other Names: Dawn redwood
Zone: 4 to 8
Growth rate: Fast
Plant Type: Deciduous coniferous tree
Family: Taxodiaceae
Native Range: Central and western China
Height: 70 to 100 feet
Spread: 15 to 25 feet
Shape: Narrow pyramidal
Bloom Time:
Bloom Color:
Flower/Fruit: Monoecious with male (in clusters) and female flowers (solitary). 0.5" to 1" long elongated or rounded cones. Bloomy blue when young, brown or dark brown when mature.
Sun: Full sun
Fall Color: Lovely orange brown to reddish bronze.
Drought tolerance: Moderate
Water: Medium to wet
Maintenance: Low
Site Requirements /Soil Tolerances: Dawn redwood prefers deep, acid, moist soil, does well in normal, well-drained upland soils and also in wet, soggy soils. Once established, they can even survive in standing water. They do best where their roots can reach water. It is sometimes damaged by early freezes, so it is best not to plant in a depression that collects cold air.
Culture: Easy to transplant when young. Trees in upland sites need watering during prolonged droughts.

Uses: This is a large tree that needs a large space. Dawn redwood is a fine, stately specimen for large landscapes such as parks or golf courses. They make excellent avenue trees. Dawn redwoods are at their best along watercourses or ponds and can even tolerate standing water. A stand of dawn redwoods creates an effective summertime visual screen and windbreak in just a few years. Popular Bonsai.



Sowing Metasequoia glyptostroboides Seeds:
The seeds of Dawn Redwood are very small.
Cold stratification and moisture enhance germination.
Scarify: Soak in water 24 Hours
Stratify: Cold 30 days, 40 Degrees F
Germination: Sow 1/8” Deep

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