Mature form: Pyramidal. View Map. The fern-like feathery foliage emerges light green in spring, changing to dark green in summer, then a russet-brown in autumn. This is perhaps the only description of Metasequoia that has no argument. These are but a few of the many metasequoia facts out there, and more are being discovered every day. The dawn redwood is a living testimony to the surprises still to be found in nature. The Dawn Redwood Tree does well or is tolerant in Moist, Well-Drained Acidic soil. 2) Metasequoia needs two of three conditions to survive: When receiving your plant they will ship to you between 18-24 Inches in height. Metasequoias love full sun and an abundance of groundwater in deep, well-drained, acidic soil. First, let me state that the dawn redwood is Growth Rate This tree grows at a fast rate, with height increases of more than 24" per year. Hardiness Zones The dawn redwood can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 5–8. Chlorophyll turns the leaves (needles) green during the summer months, and the lacey foliage is almost fernlike in its appearance. Sun, moisture, and soil acidity. The Dawn Redwood Tree grows well in USDA Hardiness Zones 4-8. I have had certain metasequoias on the Preserve go from four to twenty feet in only three growing seasons! This is 2-3 times taller than the commonly-accepted height. 5) Dawn redwoods will grow in standing water. Original shrine trees in China range from 115 - almost 130 feet tall and even taller specimens have been reported, soaring to over 160 feet! This is LINKS     CONTACT. Taxodiaceae. Dawn redwood’s preferred soil is very acidic, with a pH of 4.5 being ideal (as is the case with all American redwood species). This suggests that dawn redwoods would be ideal for reforestation in areas such as Quebec, where acid rain has decimated local species. This is in fact, false. 1) Metasequoia does not like to be crowded; in fact, when a dawn redwood grows in close proximity to another tree, it will do one of two things, depending on conditions: First, it has the propensity to simply die. Dawn redwoods love moist weather within that zone range. The above graph is typical of information you will find on many dawn redwood sites, but is completely inaccurate in the majority of its “facts.” I will cover each item individually, and attempt to clear up many of the dawn redwood myths that have sprung up due to misinformation. One of the founding objectives of CRDRP was to not only plant dawn redwoods, but to study them in a natural habitat as well. It is my personal belief that by naturalizing Metasequoia into its ideal habitat, that the tree will one day enjoy a status that supercedes its Chinese brethren. Dawn redwoods love moist weather within that zone range. The male cones, or strobili, resemble green pearls and attract no special attention. It typically thrives in Full Sun and has a Fast growth rate per year. Dawn redwood is one of the most beautiful trees in North American gardens and makes a good addition to your yard if you have the right spot. Once full grown they can reach a height of 70-100 Feet and 25 Feet in spread. In fall expect to see the leaves transition to a beautiful hue of Orange-Brown. HOME     My observations thus far in this experiment: It typically thrives in Full Sun and has a Fast growth rate per year. We apologize! To give you an idea of just how acidic this is, vinegar is 4, lemon juice is 3, and battery acid is 1. While not meant to be a complete overview of the project, I hope this information is of interest to the observer. Once full grown they can reach a height of 70-100 Feet and 25 Feet in spread. STUFF   GALLERY    BOOKS     This spring … Additionally, Metasequoias love full sun and an abundance of groundwater. Flower color: Not showy. Happy Planting! It was about 9" tall, now it is 9' 9". Today, only 9 genera and 15 species exist. The only dual or multi-trunked dawn redwoods seem to be those that have been severely damaged well into their lifetimes. true, in that Metasequoia is monoaceous, in that it has both male and female cones on the same tree. Also Known As: water-fir, water-larch. The Dawn Redwood Tree does well or is tolerant in Moist, Well-Drained Acidic soil. False. Normal pH is a neutral of 7. At CRDRP, the pinkish/orange foliage of the dawn redwoods stands out in stark contrast to the surrounding Virginia pine. true; however, like the baldcypress; Metasequoia is capable of surviving in dry soils, although not to the best of its ability. In the spring, the “dead” dawn redwood begins sending new leaders skyward from the stump of the cut-down tree, much to the amazement of the homeowners who never make the same mistake twice. Soil moisture and soil type: Widely adaptable. The most famous members of the family are the coastal redwood (Sequoia sempervires) and the giant sequoia (Sequoiadenron giganteum) of California, but neither of those trees is commonly planted for landscape purposes.However, the dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) does have a role in landscapes. I planted Metasequoia in swampy locations, and a few on the bank of and some actually in, the creek. They are not hardy enough to withstand winter temperatures or any semblance of drought. Sequoia trees are the largest trees in the world. This is There are three factors that allow Metasequoia to grow, and it only needs two of the three to survive. Zones: 4-8. ABOUT   HISTORY    A large, conical-shaped tree reaching 70 to 100 feet high, dawn redwood is closely related to bald cypress (Taxodium) and redwood (Sequoia).