Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)


Quick Facts

  • Ancient species that once covered vast majority of northern hemisphere
  • Species was once thought to be extinct, until its rediscovery in China in 1941
  • Regenerative species; sprouts new leaders from stumps
  • Closely related to the Giant and Costal Redwoods of western North America


Dawn Redwoods grow to be over 100 feet tall with a spread of about 25 feet at full maturity.  The leaves are opposite and a fresh green color in spring in the fall the needles fade to a burnt-orange, red-brown color, older specimen form wide buttresses on the lower trunk.  Dawn Redwoods produce cones between 1.5 and 2.5 cm in diameter arranged in opposite pairs in four rows.