Really the most exciting of the Redwoods is the Dawn Redwood, a native of Manchuria China. Thought to be extinct, but re-discovered in the 1940’s, the Dawn Redwood is a true Redwood. Like our Redwoods they are a living fossil, an isolated “relic” species from a long time ago when there were vast forests of them. Seeds were introduced in the U.S. in 1948, and it has been increasingly popular as an ornamental tree. The foliage is more lace like than our native Redwood but what is very different about the Dawn Redwood is that it is deciduous. In the fall the light green sprays turn yellow, then bronze, and finally fall off. Keep this lovely tree outdoors. They lose their foliage in autumn and require a dormant period during winter before re-emerging, bright and green again in the spring.
- 5 years old, 15-16″ tall
- Produces 5-6mm long cones during spring.