Up until the mid-1900s, the Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) was known only in the form of fossils, thought to have been extinct for perhaps 20 million years. That changed in 1944, after a living specimen was discovered alive and well by a surprised forester in the Chinese province of Szechwan. Today, this amazing “living fossil” is available from nurseries like Jonsteen.
Mature Dawn Redwoods are broadly conical, and grow to heights of 50 to 100 feet tall from thick buttressed trunks. The foliage is wonderfully soft, presenting different tones throughout the year, and the needles very closely resemble those of the Dawn’s close relative, California’s Coast Redwood. In stature and form these trees are very like California’s redwoods, but smaller. Unlike the famous California Redwoods, Dawn Redwoods are deciduous, shedding their needles each fall and sending out bright new growth each spring.
Dawn Redwoods are very cold hardy, easily handling temperatures into the -20°’s F. They can grow successfully in diverse settings and situations, but thrive best in full sun and moist soils. They are a good candidate for bonsai, amenable to pruning and shaping.
About Jonsteen’s Seedlings: All of our trees are seed-grown — without poison or pesticides — at our nursery on California’s Redwood Coast, which is inspected monthly and licensed by the California Department of Agriculture.
About Jonsteen’s 100% Guarantee: All of our trees are guaranteed to arrive healthy and in good condition. If your tree perishes, we will replace it with a small-sized seedling for just the cost of shipping/handling ($4.60). We encourage all customers experiencing difficulties growing their trees to contact us through our toll-free “Tree Help Line” (1-888-387-3379).
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Grow your own Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides), a living fossil!
100% guaranteed: If your seedling perishes, we are happy to provide a replacement small-sized seedling for just the cost of shipping/handling ($4.60)
Seed-grown without poison or pesticides at our nursery on California’s Redwood Coast
Transplanting and care instructions included
Trees can provide a natural barrier against high winds, temperatures, noise pollution and soil erosion, all while benefiting local air quality, wildlife and property values — a Jonsteen seedling will only grow in value and beauty!