Botanical Name: Metasequoia glyprostroboides Add
Common Name: Dawn Redwood  
Plant photo of: Metasequoia glyprostroboides
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Conifer


Height Range

25-40', 60-100'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Dark Green, Light Green


Bark Color

Brown, Red


Fruit Color



Fruit Season






Medium, High


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Clay, Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Rich, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Japanese, Meadow, Wetlands, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Silhouette, Specimen


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Lawn, Park, Street Tree


Special Uses

Container, Screen, Mass Planting


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Laura Van Leuven
Photographer: Linda Engstrom/Sortomme
  • Description

  • Notes

The Metasequoia is a dense, pyramidal, deciduous conifer with a central leader and under positive cultural conditions performs as a rapid grower. It has an opposite branching pattern, with branchlets of long, simple needles that appear to be flattened. During the spring, its foliage is a bright reddish-brown color that matures to a light green tone, and an autumn shade ranging from a tawny pink to golden bronze. Its furrowed bark is attractive, orange-brown to red-brown and peels in vertical strips.
When sufficient moisture is present, the tree will grow on a variety of soils. However, the best results occur with plantings in moist, acid organic soils with good drainage and full sun. Beware of winter wind damage in cold, dry areas.