Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia Glyptostroboides) Seeds
All of the dawn redwood trees growing in this country are descended from the special seeds, which were discovered and collected during the war and planted in peace. Today, the dawn redwood tree is still considered a rare garden treasure. They are easy to grow and tolerate in most soil conditions. Dawn redwood is one of the most beautiful trees in North American gardens and makes a good addition to your yard if you have the right spot.
That spot needs to be able to accommodate a large tree—dawn redwood is fast-growing and can reach 70 feet tall, or more. Dawn Redwood is a deciduous conifer producing small, round 1/2" to 1" cones.
It has a neat pyramidal shape in youth, maturing into a more rounded crown. The bright green, feathery leaves turn orange-brown or reddish-brown in the fall. Fast-growing and easily transplanted. Grows to 70'–100', with a 25' spread. (Zones 5-8) Note: Dawn Redwood grows late in the season and may be damaged by early fall freezes.
Plant early enough in the fall to allow the roots to become established and avoid planting in a low-lying area (frost pocket). Dawn Redwoods also make some of the Best Bonsai specimens as well.