Dawn Redwood green foliage in landscape
Dawn Redwood with fall color in landscape
Dawn Redwood green foliage on white
Dawn Redwood green foliage tree on white
Dawn Redwood closeup of bark on white
Dawn Redwood trees in fall color in the landscape
Dawn Redwood closeup of trunk
Dawn Redwood closeup of trunk and foliage under canopy
Dawn Redwood green foliage in landscape
Dawn Redwood with fall color in landscape
Dawn Redwood green foliage on white
Dawn Redwood green foliage tree on white
Dawn Redwood closeup of bark on white
Dawn Redwood trees in fall color in the landscape
Dawn Redwood closeup of trunk
Dawn Redwood closeup of trunk and foliage under canopy

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Mature Height: 70' tall
  • Mature Width: 20' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 20-25'



  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Dawn Redwood

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Regular price $595.00
In Stock - Ships in 2 to 3 weeks
Shipping included
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Why the Dawn Redwood?

Dawn Redwood is a specimen tree with quite a history. This “living fossil” has been around for 100 million years—when Tyrannosaurus Rex ruled the land!  Scientist believed this tree had gone the way of T-Rex, but lo and behold, living Dawn Redwood trees were discovered in China in the 1940s.  This is a large, fast-growing tree with a pyramidal shape, fascinating gnarled bark, and jade-green foliage that’s soft as feathers.  The kids will enjoy pretending the yard is a prehistoric landscape, while grown-ups will find plenty to love in Dawn Redwood’s beauty, shade, and fast growth rate.  Underused and underappreciated, this is one of our favorite trees at Bower & Branch™!

In the early part of the 20th century scientists were perplexed by fossils of mysterious “redwood-like” trees that they found throughout North America and Asia. It wasn’t until 1941 when a Chinese forester discovered a small grove of unusual trees in Central China that the puzzle would be solved. A few years later, specimens of this tree would be sent to Professor Hu Hsen Hsu in Beijing. Professor Hu remembered reading an article about the redwood-like fossils and realize they had found a living specimen of that tree. He began shipping the seeds around the world to preserve the species, and just in time. Shortly after, the Communist Party took over power in China and closed trade with the United States.

How to use in the landscape?

Stately and pyramidal, this large specimen tree is majestic in its own way. Soft green, "fern-like" foliage turns bronzy-pink or golden apricot in the fall. The foliage drops in the winter and reveals its reddish-brown bark that peels away from the trunk in long narrow strips, providing exceptional interest. A Gold Medal Award winner from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for its outstanding performance, hardiness, and eye-appeal.

Why Bower & Branch?

At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

- Trusted, Experienced Growers

- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise

- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.

We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 4-8

    Mature Height: 70' tall

    Mature Width: 30' wide

    Exposure: Full Sun

    Spacing: 25-30' apart

How To Plant

Anyone can grow this tree, plain and simple. The Dawn Redwood is not very fussy; they like full sun and will tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, even slightly wet soil. Dawn Redwoods are free of any major pest problems as well. The one requirement I would like to point out is to give it plenty of room to grow. They can grow up to 100 feet tall! To help your Dawn Redwood along a little bit, you can give it a little “juice.” For the first 3 or 4 years, as it’s getting established, apply a yearly dose of a medium rate fertilizer during fall. Dawn Redwoods are so easy to grow that they don’t even need to be pruned! Just plant it and watch it grow.

How To Water

Dawn Redwood will appreciate watering deeply, and regularly during its first few years in the ground. Irrigate weekly, and especially during long dry spells or extreme heat after it’s established.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 4-8


How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks days to be delivered. - Sizes large (AA) and smaller (Treelings) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Our Guarantees


Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).


Reach out to a Plant Whisperer:

- Email: plantwhisperers@bowerandbranch.com

- Phone: 866-873-3888

- Or via Online Chat


Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large (A) and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on BowerandBranch.com and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).

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