Dawn Redwood

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Dawn Redwood is an ancient and interesting deciduous conifer with a very delicate, ferny appearance, and a very tall, pyramidal habit of growth. The shaggy, reddish bark is appealing and its rusty orange fall color makes this a spectacular specimen tree. Dawn Redwood is the hardiest of the redwood/sequoia family and is extremely fast growing. Because it is a deciduous evergreen it allows winter sun to penetrate which makes it a truly unique specimen tree.

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Quick Overview

Why it rocks:

Dawn Redwood is an ancient and interesting deciduous conifer with a very delicate, ferny appearance, and a very tall, pyramidal habit of growth. The shaggy, reddish bark is appealing and its rusty orange fall color makes this a spectacular specimen tree. Dawn Redwood is the hardiest of the redwood/sequoia family and is extremely fast growing. Because it is a deciduous evergreen it allows winter sun to penetrate which makes it a truly unique specimen tree. 

Where to put it:

Because of its low branching, it is best to plant Dawn Redwood where you would normally plant an evergreen tree. Avoid the parkway unless trimmed up, and look to open areas of the front or back yard, or along property lines. This tree should be planted at least 15 ft away from buildings. 

What it needs:

Dawn Redwood is tolerant of most conditions, and may be a good substitute for evergreens in wet locations. 

Specs

Specs
Botanical Name Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Hardiness Zone 5
Tree Type Shade
Size Range Large Tree (more than 40 feet)
Mature Height 70'
Mature Spread 25'
Shape Narrow/Columnar
Foliage Color Medium Green
Fall Color Rusty Orange
Flower Color No
Decorative Fruit None
Landscape Uses Privacy/Screening
Growth Rate Rapid
Plant Tolerance Very Adaptable, Likes Wet Locations