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The Dawn Redwood can be expected to grow
in the zones listed. More information can be found on the arborday.org
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The Dawn Redwood falls into the following type(s): Shade Tree
The Dawn Redwood grows to be undetermined feet in height.
The Dawn Redwood has a spread of about 25' at full maturity.
This tree grows at a Fast growth rate.
The Dawn Redwood does well in Full exposure(s).
The Dawn Redwood grows in Acidic, Clay, Loamy, Moist, Sandy, Well Drained, Wet soils.
The Dawn Redwood has a(n) Pyramidal shape.
The Dawn Redwood is a beautiful tree in parks, golf courses and other sites large enough to accommodate its size. On good sites, its growth is rapid, with one tree in Virginia having reached 120' in 30 years! It is relatively care-free and is a tough and beautiful specimen tree in any large landscape. Always a conversation piece thanks to its history.
The Dawn Redwood provides winter cover for birds, small mammals and deer.
The Dawn Redwood is a living testimony to the surprises still to be found in nature. When dinosaurs roamed the earth, it is believed that trees in the Redwood family were very abundant. Today, only 9 genera and 15 species exist. Dawn Redwood was one of those known only as a fossil until 1941 when it was discovered growing in a remote valley of the Szechwan province of China. Seeds were collected by the Arnold Arboretum in 1947, and the species has been distributed worldwide.
This Redwood can withstand some flooding and prefers moist soil conditions, but has some drought tolerance.
Fine and feathery in appearance, opposite in arrangement, flattened and about 1/2" long and 1/16" wide. Bright green above with a narrowly grooved mid vein. Easily confused with a Bald Cypress, but look on the latter for the leaves to be spirally arranged on the branchlets. Orange-brown to reddish-brown fall color.
Not showy, male flowers up to 12 inches long.
April to May
Light brown, box-like, four-sided, 1/2"–1" cones. Round to cylindrical shape on long stalks that mature in the fall.
An ancient tree that knew the dinosaurs but is well-suited to modern landscape plantings. Dawn Redwood is a deciduous conifer producing small, round 1/2" to 1" cones. It has a neat pyramidal shape in youth, maturing into a more rounded crown. The bright green, feathery leaves turn orange-brown or reddish-brown in the fall. Fast-growing and easily transplanted. Likes full sun and prefers moist, deep, well-drained soils. One of the fastest-growing trees available. Grows to 70'–100', with a 25' spread. (zones 5-8)
Note: Dawn Redwood grows late in the season and may be damaged by early fall freezes. Plant early enough in the fall to allow the roots to become established and avoid planting in a low-lying area (frost pocket).
Each tree is guaranteed to grow, or we'll replace it at one half the original price, plus shipping and handling.
Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been dipped in hydrating gel prior to shipment to keep the roots moist and healthy. As their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees in only a few years.
Natural Root and Containerized Trees
Natural root (also called bare root) trees are shipped without soil around their roots. They are shipped when dormant in the spring and fall seasons. We dip the roots in a hydrating gel to keep them moist during shipping.
There are a number of advantages to natural root trees:
The Urban Horticulture Institute at Cornell University has an interesting article about the benefits of planting natural root trees. Look for the PDF entitled Creating the Urban Forest: The Bare Root Method
Potted (also called containerized) trees come in 4" containers.
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