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9.Dawn Redwood

Metasequoia glyptostroboides


Tree Details

Hardiness zone:
4 – 8
Height:
70 – 100 ; with maximum of 120
Spread:
25
Habit:
Pyramidal, conical, with a single straight trunk in youth; develops a broad, rounded crown with age
Light:
Best in full sun
Soil:
Moist, deep, well-drained, slightly acidic soils preferable
Flowers:
anther clusters inconspicuous
Fruit:
round or cylindrical cones, pendulous on long stalks
Landscape use:
Excellent ornamental tree for golf courses, parks and other large areas; very suitable for screens and group plantings; can be used for lining long drives or streets
History:
Native of eastern Szechuan and western Hupeh, China; introduced 1947 – 1948
Pests\Problems:
Pests: Japanese beetle; Problems: canker infestation
Significant Features:
Species is nearly 50 million years old; amazingly fast growing; great rusty brown fall color