New Dwarf, Weeping Dawn Redwood

By Charlie Nardozzi

Dawn redwood is a fast-growing, feathery-leaved specimen tree that resembles the coastal redwoods of California but is deciduous and more widely adapted. This striking tree looks beautiful standing on its own in the yard or grouped together in a small grove. However, it's not a very practical choice for small yards since it can reach more than 50 feet tall at maturity.

For gardeners who like the soft look of this majestic tree but don't have space for it, now there is a diminutive version -- 'Miss Grace'. Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Miss Grace' has soft, feathery, textured leaves on branches with a weeping habit. The needles have a blue cast that turns a colorful orange-brown in fall. 'Miss Grace' is slow growing. The ultimate height of the tree is rarely more than 10 feet tall.

For more information on 'Miss Grace' dawn redwood, go to: Wayside Gardens.

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