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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
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, Drought Tolerant, 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.
This is an impressive tree by any standard. Of special note is that fossils in northern parts of the United States show that the dawn redwood knew the dinosaurs. It was long thought to be extinct—until it was discovered alive and well in a rural, mountainous area of China.
The dawn redwood is relatively carefree and also fast growing, with one specimen in Virginia having reached 120 feet in 30 years! While the tree’s natural range is an area of only about 232 square miles in China, it has been planted successfully around the world.
Each tree and plant is guaranteed to grow, or we'll replace it within one year of shipment.
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.
Potted (also called containerized) trees are shipped in 4" containers. Because the roots are packed in soil, the trees don't
need to be dormant for shipping. Benefits to potted trees include:
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. Some advantages of 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
Plugged trees are grown in a soil plug. While not shipped in a pot, these trees do have soil around the roots. Benefits of this type of tree include:
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