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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9a
Plant Height: 70 to 120 feet
Plant Spread: 15 to 80 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Needled
Other: Coniferous
Fruiting Time: Fall
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Bog gardening
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Erosion control
Shade Tree
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Layering
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Monoecious
Conservation status: Endangered (EN)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Endangered
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Common names
  • Dawn Redwood
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Metasequoia glyptostroboides
  • Synonym: Metasequoia honshuensis

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Location: Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA
Date: 2019-04-21
Location: St Louis
Date: 2008-11-07
Location: Sandhills Horticultural Gardens Southern Pines, NC
Date: February 14, 2023
Dawn Sequoia (Living fossil) #171 nn; MBG, "Genus from Greek 'met
Location: Southern Pines, NC (Downtown park)
Date: May 10, 2023
Dawn Sequoia (Living fossil) #171 nn; MBG, "Genus from Greek 'met
Location: Mendocino (California) Coastal Botanical Gardens 
Date: 2022-10-18
Rich bark texture
Location: Sandhills Horticultural Gardens Southern Pines, NC
Date: February 14, 2023
Dawn Sequoia (Living fossil) #171 nn; MBG, " Genus .. from the Gr
Location: Sandhills Horticultural Gardens Southern Pines, NC
Date: February 14, 2023
Dawn Sequoia (Living fossil) #171 nn; MBG, "Genus from Greek 'met
Location: Mendocino (California) Coastal Botanical Gardens 
Date: 2022-10-18
Contorted branch structure is entirely different than its more fa
Location: Southern Pines, NC
Date: January 18, 2024
Dawn Sequoia ( A living fossil) #171 nn; MBG, " Genus name comes
Location: Photo taken at Morris Arboretum.
Date: 2011-03-05
Location: Mendocino (California) Coastal Botanical Gardens 
Date: 2022-10-18
Just beginning fall color change
Location: Southern Pines, NC (Downtown Park)
Date: May 10, 2023
Dawn Sequoia ( A living fossil) #171 nn; MBG, " Genus name comes

Date: 2014-06-26
Location: Los Angeles Arboretum, Arcadia, California
Date: 2011-11-27
Location: Los Angeles Arboretum, Arcadia, California
Date: 2011-11-27
Fall color
Location: English Gardens, West Bloomfield, MI
Date: 2010-10-25
Location: my front yard
Date: 2009-07-20
Beautiful day thru the redwood
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
Date: 2010-06-10
Location: My garden, Cedarhome, WA
Date: 2016-06-24
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Date: 2013-04-21

Date: 2014-06-26
Location: Perelman Park, Manheim Township, Lancaster County Pennsylvania
Date: 2016-08-15
Location: Hampton Court Palace!
Date: 2012-07-18
A large specimen at Hampton Court Palace.
Location: Pleasant Grpve, Utah
Date: 2012-04-06
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2012-04-06
Location: Washington
Date: 2015-10-30
Location: Photo taken at Morris Arboretum.
Date: 2013-03-03
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Starting to turn color in the fall
Location: My brother's garden, Belgium
Date: 2015-08-18

Date: 2014-06-26
Location: Perelman Park, Manheim Township, Lancaster County Pennsylvania
Date: 2016-08-10
Location: English Gardens, West Bloomfield, MI
Date: 2010-10-25
Location: English Gardens, West Bloomfield, MI
Date: 2010-10-25
Location: English Gardens, West Bloomfield, MI
Date: 2010-10-25

Date: 2014-07-09
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2016-12-02

photo credit: Petr Filippov

photo credit: Spacebirdy

photo credit: Kronf

Date: 2012-04-17
Location: Washington
Date: 2015-10-25
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2014-04-16
Location: Smith College Botanical Garden
Date: 2012-01-02
lots of October snow storm damage
Location: Smith College Botanical Garden
Date: 2012-01-02
Location: Czech Republic, greenhouse Fata Morgana - BZ Praha 7 - Troja
Photo courtesy of: Ivo Antusek
Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - near Lake Ontario, zone 6a
Date: 2013-07-05
Location: Kunming Botanical Garden, Kunming, Yunnan, China.
Date: August

Photo courtesy of Singing Tree Gardens Nursery
  • Uploaded by Joy

Photo courtesy of Singing Tree Gardens Nursery
  • Uploaded by Joy

Photo courtesy of Singing Tree Gardens Nursery
  • Uploaded by Joy

Photo courtesy of Singing Tree Gardens Nursery
  • Uploaded by Joy
Photo by sedumzz
Photo by sedumzz
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2017-07-14

photo credit: C T Johansson
Location: Botanical Garden KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany
photo credit: H. Zell

photo credit: H. Zell

photo credit: H. Zell

photo credit: H. Zell
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Comments:
  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Apr 16, 2014 9:07 PM concerning plant:
    This is not my favorite tree, simply because it looks dead in the winter when I would like more of a lively presence. It's very beautiful when it first greens up, kind of a soft look to it, and is also nice in fall when it turns. Grows fairly quickly.
  • Posted by Sequoiadendron4 (Lititz, PA - Zone 6b) on Jan 24, 2016 9:24 PM concerning plant:
    This is one of my favorite trees in our yard. I planted it spring of 2010 and it was about 6" tall. I got it from Arborday. Last fall I estimated its height as 26 feet!! Its first year had 48" growth, second was about the same, third year had 7' of growth. This tree is an amazing grower. I'm excited every year to see how much it will grow. It definitely needs to be on its own, though. I've seen others in the area where it is planted near other trees, and they don't do so well. It's not a very good competitor. I've had no problems with it so far. It's pretty deep rooted as I have a garden underneath it. I dig in the soil frequently to plant things and I don't usually hit roots bigger than 1/8" or so. In the fall it turns a nice bronze color and the leaves are good compost for the garden soil below. It does drop sticks frequently, but it really hasn't been a problem so far, and even if it is, it's still worth it for this beautiful tree. Ours is sort of close to our house, but I'm not worried because none of the branches will get very large like other trees, so damage to the house is of no worry to me from this one. The only pests that like it are Japanese Beetles in the summer. They only like the freshest of leaves, though.
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