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9.Dawn Redwood

Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Tree Details

Hardiness zone:
4 – 8
70 – 100 ; with maximum of 120
Pyramidal, conical, with a single straight trunk in youth; develops a broad, rounded crown with age
Best in full sun
Moist, deep, well-drained, slightly acidic soils preferable
anther clusters inconspicuous
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
Native of eastern Szechuan and western Hupeh, China; introduced 1947 – 1948
Pests: Japanese beetle; Problems: canker infestation
Significant Features:
Species is nearly 50 million years old; amazingly fast growing; great rusty brown fall color


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Dr. Michael A. Dirr is a horticulturist associated with the University of Georgia. Dr. Dirr has published over 300 scientific and popular publications and has authored seven books, including A Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture and Propagation and Uses. It has sold more than 250,000 copies.

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