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Tree of the Month: Dawn Redwood

Botanical NameMetasequoia glyptostroboides

dawn redwood trees

Characteristics: The Dawn Redwood is a beautiful tree that grows in a cone shape to 100 ft. tall. It is related to and closely resembles the bald cypress and redwood trees. From fossil records, the Dawn Redwood tree is known to have existed as many as 50,000,000 years ago. This tree originates in Central and Southern China.

As this redwood tree matures, the trunk gets wider at the base and develops attractive and sometimes elaborate fluting. It features feathery, fern-like foliage that is soft to the touch. The foliage is light green in spring, matures to deep green in summer, and turns red-bronze in fall. The tree then loses its foliage and cones in late fall.

Hardiness Zone: 4-8

Requirements: The Dawn Redwood tree needs a large space in full sun with medium to high water requirements. It is generally considered low maintenance and drought resistant.

Pest Susceptibility: No serious insect or disease problems.

dawn redwood spring leaves

The Dawn Redwood is a beautiful and interesting tree. We recommend this tree for large yards or parks where it can grow to its full potential. Call us today if you would like a Dawn Redwood tree added to your landscape. We’re local, expert arborists, and we’re here to help.

If you’re looking for more ideas, check out our tree recommendations – for a full list of options that thrive right here in Springfield, MO.