Dawn Redwood

Height: 70’ to 100’
Spread: 25’
Hardiness Zone: 4 to 8
Fall Color: Russet Brown
Preferred Soil: Acid soil, Moist, well-drained soil
Exposure Type: Full Sun



Metasequoia glyptostroboides / Dawn Redwood

Planting Points: From fossil records, dawn redwood is known to have existed as many as 50 million years ago. Dawn redwood is a deciduous, coniferous tree that grows in a conical shape to 100’ tall. It is related to and closely resembles bald cypress (Taxodium) and redwood (Sequoia). The fern-like feathery foliage emerges light green in spring, changing to dark green in summer, then a russet- brown in autumn.

Siting this Tree: Best grown in moist, well-drained soils in full sun. Appreciates consistent moisture. With the immense size potential of this tree, it is best planted in a large yard or park ideally where finding moisture won’t be an issue. Overall, it’s a fast-growing species that requires little pruning that has the potential to be a great specimen tree.