Hardiness: USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From semi-hardwood cuttings From hardwood cuttings From hardwood heel cuttings From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
Seed Collecting: Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
On Apr 20, 2013, NCMstGardener from Columbus, NC wrote:
We grow the 'Ogon' or 'Gold Rush' cultivar. Dawn Redwoods grow about 5-6 feet a year when young if sited with afternoon shade. (Many growers label this tree as 15-20 feet. Don't believe it. Our seven year old tree in zone 7b is now over thirty feet and still reaching for the sky.) This is my favorite tree. I love the shape and the Fall color. The down side is that it is a magnet for jap beetles and you will need to treat accordingly. I find that a soil drench Merit works.
On Jun 5, 2012, DA_Hanks from Charlotte, NC wrote:
This is a wonderful tree.
My name is D.A. Hänks, and I am the chief conservation officer with the Crescent Ridge Dawn Redwoods Preserve. One of the goals of our project was to address a lot of the questions posed here. If you go to our website at http://www.dawnredwood.org and hit the Contact button, I will be more than glad to address your questions or concerns.
BTW- full sun, lots of water and a soil pH of 4.5 are what this tree needs to thrive.
On Oct 30, 2011, nel5397 from Groveland, FL wrote:
i tried to grow one, but every summer the foliage would get devoured by leaf diseases that thrive in florida heat and humidity. it would take forever for the thing to leaf out in the spring because the chilling hours were not being met.
On Jun 4, 2011, Rick_Ingersoll from Wasilla, AK (Zone 4a) wrote:
I planted 25 Dawn Redwoods in Wasilla Alaska (zone 4) and they are doing GREAT so far. Only 1 week in the ground and already they have 1 inch branches coming out. I got them after I read about Dawn Redwoods fossils in Alaska 40-50 million years ago.
On May 29, 2011, jsherlock from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:
Our Dawn Redwood which is 9 years old appears to be dying. This late in the spring and only a few limbs have leaves. It dropped it's leaves early last fall and areas of the bark are loose. I would love to save this tree that was supposed to be very hardy and disease resistant.
On May 1, 2011, stuckinthedirt from Harrisonburg, VA wrote:
I planted a 4 foot tree about 2 years ago. My son wanted to grow a redwood, so he considers it his tree. It grew 3 feet the first year and 5 feet the second year. It is very healthy, and is filling in a spot where I had to cut down a 50 yr old Norway spruce. I liked it so much that I collected some seeds from other dawn redwood trees, and now have 19 seedlings growing. I plan on giving them away, and planting them around on public land, so I can watch them grow.
On Mar 23, 2011, suentommy from Souderton, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
I love the look of these trees but have had a problem with one we planted almost 20 years ago. It is in an area where it does not get much shade but does have some river birches growing nearby. The tree has never taken off. It is about 20 feet tall but is not as spectacular as others. I do not think it competes well with other trees and may need to be more on its own. The area it is planted in would generally be moist and that is why we have the dawn redwood and river birches - to keep it from getting too saturated. Overall I wish I could replant it in another location but it is too big for that.
My father planted a dawn redwood "sapling" about 40 years ago at our house in suburban Detroit. Today, this gorgeous tree is over 60 feet tall, dwarfing everthing else in the neighborhood. It is extremely hardy, having survived drought and wet summers, with no extreme measures taken.
I bought 4 "sticks" about 4 feet tall each and planted them in 4 different areas. One full sun and one much sun, each watered only by sprinkler system. The other two at the bottom of a large hill, thick with ferns, some cat tails and quite wet. All are doing well with new green leaf buds appearing every day. By the way, I planted them a week ago! I'm very happy. Beatrix Farrand had the only one in Bar Harbor (it still lives and can be seen at the Thuya Garden in NE Harbor) and now we have 4 of our own.
On Sep 1, 2009, Gascoigne from Shawnee Mission, KS (Zone 5a) wrote:
I LOVE Metasequoia Glyptostroboides (Dawn Redwood). Ok---so I bought 2 rooted cuttings on eBay and a sickly 7 foot tall specimen from a local nursery this summer. All are planted and thriving.
The saplings/ cuttings--which arrived looking like bare sticks, are heavily leafed and branching out...I jury-rigged a tomato cage and hardware cloth to protect from Rabbits---rabbits will eat the bark off these trees. Now the rooted cuttings are thriving and growing like crazy...they have grown a foot this summer alone.
The larger tree had almost no leaves when I bought it 2 1/2 months ago since it had been stored in the shade. I planted it, fertilized it with evergreen spikes, and watered it frequently... Now it is about a foot taller and heavily leafed with bright, dense, perky green leaves and it looks a LOT better than the new Baldcypress I planted, which is droopy and brownish, yet has received the same attention.
I highly recommend this fantastic tree. It has Upright, near columnar (perfect teardrop ) habit from the mature specimens I have seen.
On Feb 23, 2008, vixinsu from Stoke on trent United Kingdom wrote:
I moved into my quirky home last May. Outside my bedroom window stands a 30 foot high tree that is the most beautiful visual and aural experience both summer and winter. It is only 20 foot from the house, but I am assured will not damage anything structurally. However, some of the lower limbs have been removed to allow light through to the next door garden and movement across the patio of mine. It still looks amazing and is home to many birds and now it is wonderful watching the birdlife flirting. It is the only plant I know that actually appears to 'sneeze' in the autumn and drop its foliage in about four doses. I love it!
On Sep 18, 2007, jmcdon7 from London Canada wrote:
We have a Dawn Redwood in our backyard at home...it's a beautiful tree that has withstood more drought and floods than we would have cared to throw at it. It also stayed standing while we received 3 feet of snow in one night, when many other "hardy winter trees" did not. It has grown about 10 feet since we moved in (3 years ago), so the growth has astounded us!
We look forward to many more years ahead with our beautiful tree.
There is a nice specimen in Harwood, MD just north of Southern High School on Route 2 Solomons Island Road, The last house on the right before the High Tension Power lines. It is about 70-80 feet tall, so it must've been planted at least 40-50 years ago, making it one of the 1st ones planted in the USA since it was smuggled out of China.
On Jun 20, 2006, Ishtar64 from Cedartown, GA wrote:
This is a lovely specimen tree, and I highly recommend it to anyone who has a spot open in their landscape. Keep in mind the tree does grow fast, even in adverse conditions. It will shed its leaves in winter and look positively dead, but come spring it will bud out again.
The tree is low maintenance - I never water or fertilize mine, and they do fine. Occasionally Japanese beetles will devour some of the tender growth, but only when nothing else (like roses or grapes!!) is available.
Do not limb this tree! Some people like to remove the lower brances, making the plant look like an upside down ice cream cone on a stick. This is a hideous practise and completely unnecessary. The dawn redwood is a spectacular plant when the branches reach right down to the ground, but looks silly when limbed.
On Mar 7, 2006, conifers from Rock Island, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:
Propagation via cuttings:
Take Hardwood cuttings that have undergone at least one month of complete Dormancy. Use a rooting hormone such as 'Dip and Grow' or 'Hormex #8' or 'Woods 1:10'. Bag the cuttings completely for one month with bottom heat. Remove the bag and keep the humidiy up around the cuttings. Many people are successful simply sticking their cuttings in a pot and placing a white plastic grocery bag over them and tying it off. Continue the constant bottom heat and you should have roots in ~4 months. (Dirr)
On Jul 29, 2005, bobgoestojapan from Parkville, MD wrote:
We were given a Dawn Redwood that was in a pot in May. It was very small. We put it in our yard and it grew over 2 feet in two months. We did have to put a fence around it because the rabbits were eating the bark off. The tree is a beautiful color of green, and dances when the wind blows.
We do water it a lot and it seems to grow overnight.
On Sep 16, 2004, lego_brickster from Lawrenceville, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:
It surprises me how tolerant of standing water this tree is.
We planted one two years ago with little consideration for it's placement. It turns out that the area was virtually a wetlands, and frequently has an inch or more of standing water in it. It's doing great, where other trees have drowned.
This summer we saw another specimen in the Cornell University arboretum, and it was growing straight up out of a pond.
I'm not sure if this speaks to the tree's tolerance, or if it actually prefers environments like this.
On Aug 10, 2004, Kachinagirl from Modesto, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:
The presence of the carpenter bees and the dropping branches makes me think it may only have been a matter of time anyway. Carpenter bees prefer dead wood for their homes, the tree's days were probably numbered, so don't feel too bad . What did you put in it's place for shade?
On Aug 9, 2004, shortcm from Wilmington, DE (Zone 7b) wrote:
It broke my heart to take this tree down. Previous owners had built our deck around it and it is a very dirty tree for a living area. All year 'round it was dropping something. The leaves were always all over the deck, and didn't disappear on their own. The beautiful "acorns" are very hard on bare feet when the dry. It did not do well after our summer of drought, and was always dropping dead branches, and attracting nuisance, if harmless, carpenter bees.
The wood was gorgeous: we left the stump at seat level, and saved several other trunk "seats" for the deck.
There are many around town, and they are just spectacular in open spaces.
About 7 years ago my dad ordered 3 Dawn Redwood saplings. He gave the smallest one to me. I planted it in the center of my front yard. It is huge about 50 feet. It has an ideal location...full sun and a leach drain from under the house. Two years ago the leader was broken in a snow and ice storm. A new leader has developed and the tree is almost as tall as it was before the storm. We have just had our yard landscaped and the landscaper at Image of Green has put 3 uplights on the tree. It is simply beautiful all day and now at night. We can hardly wait to see it this winter after it looses its foliage. The lighting has added another aspect of facination and interest to the tree.
On Jun 26, 2003, stevenova from Newcastle United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:
There is now a selected clone of this plant with golden foliage called Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Goldrush'. It makes a very attractive variation to the usual green of this tree and it is also less vigourous.
On Apr 26, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:
Metasequoia is a "living fossil". Until they found a population of this genus in China in this century, science only knew about Metasequoias because of fossil woods from the Cretaceous period. Having a living fossil in your yard IS. VERY. COOL.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Tuscaloosa, Alabama Wasilla, Alaska Dewey-humboldt, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona Highfill, Arkansas Clovis, California Ferndale, California Hercules, California Isla Vista, California Los Angeles, California San Diego, California San Francisco, California Santa Ynez, California Walnut Creek, California Chaplin, Connecticut Old Lyme, Connecticut Talleyville, Delaware Cedartown, Georgia Clarkesville, Georgia Rock Island, Illinois Evansville, Indiana Indianapolis, Indiana Lafayette, Indiana Denison, Iowa Lawrence, Kansas Lenexa, Kansas Barbourville, Kentucky Elizabethtown, Kentucky Fox Chase, Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky Calvert Beach-long Beach, Maryland Carney, Maryland Mount Rainier, Maryland Owings, Maryland Galesburg, Michigan Laingsburg, Michigan Southfield, Michigan Kansas City, Missouri O'fallon, Missouri Saint Louis, Missouri Springfield, Missouri Webb City, Missouri Sayreville, New Jersey Scotch Plains, New Jersey Brewster, New York Croton-on-hudson, New York Webster, New York Apex, North Carolina Calabash, North Carolina Columbus, North Carolina Danbury, North Carolina Durham, North Carolina Garner, North Carolina Green Level, North Carolina Monroe, North Carolina Blue Ash, Ohio Bucyrus, Ohio Cleveland, Ohio North Ridgeville, Ohio Okarche, Oklahoma Halfway House, Pennsylvania Kunkletown, Pennsylvania Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania Souderton, Pennsylvania Conway, South Carolina Hendersonville, Tennessee Arlington, Texas Westworth Village, Texas Lindon, Utah Harrisonburg, Virginia Lexington, Virginia Ames Lake, Washington Lea Hill, Washington Richland, Washington Augusta, West Virginia Larsen, Wisconsin