Botanical Name: Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Common Name: Dawn Redwood  
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Water Saving Tip:

Check the soil's moisture level before watering.

You can reduce your water use 20-50% by regularly checking the soil before watering.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Conifer


Height Range

40-60', 60-100'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color



Bark Color

Brown, Red


Fruit Color



Fruit Season






Medium, High


Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Clay, Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Japanese, Meadow, Ranch, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Silhouette, Specimen


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Lawn, Park, Street Tree


Special Uses

Screen, Mass Planting, Wind Break, Shade Tree


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Linda Engstrom/Sortomme
  • Description

  • Notes

The Metasequoia is a dense, pyramidal, deciduous conifer with a central leader and when planted under the correct conditions, is a fast grower. It has an opposite branching pattern, with branchlets of long, simple needles that appear to be flattened. Foliage emerges a bright green in spring, matures to a deep green, and has a tawny pink to golden bronze fall color. Its furrowed bark is attractive, orange-brown to red-brown and peels in vertical strips. A large tree, it grows 60 to 100 feet tall and 15 to 25 feet wide.
Best grown in moist, humusy, well-drained soils in full sun. Fast growing under ideal circumstances. Tolerates wet soils. Beware of winter wind damage in cold, dry areas.