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Cultural Details for Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Common Name:
Dawn Redwood

Growth Rate:
Fast, 50' in 15-20 years.

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Monoecious, male flowers in racemes or panicles up to 12" long. Females are solitary.

Fruit Details:
Cones pendulous 0.75-1.75 long stalks, cylindrical, dark brown.

Fall Color:
Orange-brown to red-brown

Bark Details:
Reddish brown when young, darker, fissured and exfoliating in long narrow strips with age.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
No serious problems, Japanese beetles will feed on foliage.

Native Habitat:
Zones 5-8, eastern Szechuan and western China. Fossil records indicate it was also native to North America, but went extinct. After an absence of some 15 million years M. glyptostroboides was returned in the 1940’s.

Other Features:
A lovely ornamental, well suited for large areas and in groves along streams and lakes.

Culture and Care:
Easy to transplant best in moist, deep, well drained slightly acid soil.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
1139, 2980, 3020, 3030, 8549

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.