Dawn Redwood

Metasequoia glyptostroboides, commonly known as Dawn Redwood, has a distinctive and attractive bark. The bark of young trees is typically smooth, reddish-brown, and exfoliating in thin, vertical strips.

The Appearance

A large deciduous conifer with a pyramidal shape and feathery, bright green foliage that turns reddish-brown in autumn.


The Produce

Male cones are small and typically found in clusters at the tips of branches.


The Flowers

Produces small, inconspicuous flowers in early spring, followed by round cones.


The Leaves

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.


The Bark

The bark is reddish-brown and fibrous, becoming more deeply fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers moist, well-drained soils and full sun. Often found in parks and gardens.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and small mammals.


The Culture

Once thought to be extinct, the Dawn Redwood is now valued in ornamental landscaping for its fast growth and attractive foliage.


Fun Facts

The Dawn Redwood is a living fossil, known only from the fossil record until it was discovered growing in China in the 1940s.

The Connection To Burton Constable

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