Its success and adaptability are remarkable, for it is a beautiful tree.
WHY PLANT IT: Its fernlike branchlets are delicate green in spring and the needles turn russet in autumn.
Their fine texture contrasts well with the larger leaves of many broadleaf trees.
Dawn redwood has an open branching structure with a dramatic, butressed trunk and reddish-brown bark, giving winter interest in the landscape.
WHERE: Dawn redwood requires ample space and is spectacular as a specimen or planted in groves. Plant in full sun.
It will grow best in moist to well-drained soil, but will tolerate poor compacted soils, sand and clay.
Once established it is drought tolerant, and it will tolerate standing water.
Little pruning is needed to keep its stately form. but the lower limbs can be removed to show off its interesting trunk as the tree ages.
SIZE: This deciduous conifer will grow to about 100 feet with a 30-foot spread at maturity.
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