A deciduous, coniferous tree that grows in a conical shape to 100’ tall. It is related to and closely resembles bald cypress (Taxodium) and redwood (Sequoia). From fossil records, dawn redwood is known to have existed as many as 50,000,000 years ago. However, it was not until 1941 that it was first discovered growing in the wild near the town of Modaoqi, China by Chinese forester, T. Kan. As the tree matures, the trunk broadens at the base and develops attractive and sometimes elaborate fluting. Bark on mature trees is often deeply fissured. It features linear, feathery, fern-like foliage that is soft to the touch. Foliage emerges light green in spring, matures to deep green in summer and turns red-bronze in fall. A very fast grower, up to 2 ft. per year.

Height: 70'-100'

Spread: 25-30'

Shape: Pyramidal

Exposure: Full Sun

Water: Medium to wet

Foliage:  Chartreuse green

Fall Foliage: Orange-brown

Zone: 4-9

Metasequoia gl. / Dawn Redwood