About This Plant

Metasequoia glyptostroboides, commonly known as Dawn Redwood, features a distinctive and attractive bark. The bark of young trees is typically smooth, reddish-brown, and exfoliating in thin, vertical strips. As the tree matures, the bark evolves into a more fibrous and deeply furrowed texture, showcasing a mix of reddish-brown and grey tones. Dawn Redwood is renowned for its impressive stature, mature trees commonly attain heights ranging from 70 to 100 feet (21 to 30 meters).

The Story


The leaves of the Dawn Redwood are deciduous and display a feathery, needle-like appearance. Arranged in an opposite pattern along the stems, the leaves are typically flat and linear, measuring approximately 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) in length. Their colour transitions with the seasons: in spring, the new growth appears a vibrant, fresh green, darkening to a rich green during the summer months. As autumn approaches, the foliage transforms into stunning shades of bronze, orange, and red before ultimately falling off.


The dawn redwood produces both male and female cones as part of its reproductive structures. Male cones are small and typically found in clusters at the tips of branches. They release pollen into the air during the spring. Female cones, on the other hand, are larger and are usually solitary. They start off green and, upon maturity, turn brown. The scales of the cones open, releasing seeds that are equipped with small wings, aiding in wind dispersal.
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