Dawn Redwood

Metasequoia glyptostroboides

The dawn redwood is prehistoric by any measure – thought to be extinct until discovered in a small portion of China in the 1940s. Smaller than its cousin in California, the dawn redwood is a stately, pyramid-shaped tree that loses its needles in the fall – thus earning its designation as a “deciduous conifer.”

Size and Light Requirements

Dawn redwoods need full sun and typically will attain 50 feet in height in 40 to 50 years.

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All the trees in this guide have been selected by Casey Trees and are well adapted to the soil and conditions present in Washington, DC.

Photo credits

Megan Hansen, djembayz, Ram Man, Philippe Semanaz, Wouter Hagens