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As a comment about Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides), Sequoiadendron4 wrote:

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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Jan 26, 2016 10:47 PM CST
You have explained why ours has grown taller but never looks very happy. I planted at the edge of a wooded area and I bet there is too much tree competition. It is such a beautiful tree....I feel guilty. I should have researched before I planted.
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Jan 27, 2016 8:19 PM CST
These trees do not do well when they have to compete with other trees. They are very shy and need all of the resources when growing. Mine is on it's own and doing fine but whenever I see one where there is competition, it doesn't look happy.

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