Dawn redwood Tree Pictures and Facts of (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)

Picture of a Dawn Redwood Tree
Dawn Redwood Tree Picture (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)
Picture of a Dawn Redwood tree
(Metasequoia glyptostroboides)

The Dawn redwood Tree, Metasequoia glyptostroboides Species, is the only extant (not extinct) species left in the genus Metasequoia. This tree is a deciduous coniferous species, and is classed as a softwood.

The Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) Species is one of three tree species known as Redwood, see the Coast Redwood or California Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), and the Giant Sequoia or Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum).

Facts about Dawn Redwood, (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) species of trees for identification;
  • Species Scientific Name = Metasequoia glyptostroboides
  • Genus Latin Name Pronunciation: met-uh-see-KWOY-uh
  • Genus Latin Name Meaning: From the Greek meta (akin to), and Sequoia named from the Latin word "sequi" for sequence / following.)
  • Species Common Names = Dawn redwood. List of Metasequoia glyptostroboides Vernacular Names
Growing Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides):

The Dawn Redwood tree can be grown in USDA Zones 9 to 5, making it hardy down to lows of -25°F (-32°C).
In great Britain Metasequoia glyptostroboides has a H7 hardiness rating (Very Hardy, will grow in -20°C to -32°C).


Since its re-discovery in 1947, it has been observed that the Dawn Redwood tree will thrive in standing water, such as in boggy waterlogged areas or places with poor drainage. In cultivation; until the tree is fully established, it is prone to drought and intolerant of any kind of dry soil conditions. Therefore adequate watering must be maintained in areas where the soils are not naturally saturated with water, such as irrigation. Planting the tree along the side of a pond or stream is recommended in dry arid areas such as the American Mid-west.

Metasequoia glyptostroboides will grow in many soil types from moist but well drained, to waterlogged clay, including Chalk, Clay, Loam and Sand. The tree will grow in soils that are Acidic, Neutral, or Alkaline.

Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) deciduous leaves turning brown in Autumn

Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)
coniferous deciduous leaves turning brown in Autumn,
before completely falling off.

Characteristics, Habit:

Coniferous tree, forming a Columnar and or Upright shape. Deciduous, see pictures or photos to the right and below.


Time to ultimate height; 20 to 60 years. The Dawn Redwood is a fast growing tree.
Planted Cultivated trees have reached 25 to 40m (82 - 131 ft.) in height and 1 to 1.3m (3 - 4 ft.) in trunk diameter quickly within 56 years.

Colour (Color in American English):

The Dawn Redwood is a typical mid green colour in Spring and Summer.
Because this tree is deciduous, the leaves change colour in Autumn to brown, then to pink or yellow before falling off.
The bark is reddish brown.


Propagate by seed, semi-hardwood or hardwood cuttings.


The Dawn Redwood tree is a low maintenance tree and requires no pruning, however it will tolerate a little pruning on the lower branches if absolutely necessary.
Metasequoia glyptostroboides is generally disease and pest free tree.

List of Metasequoia glyptostroboides Vernacular Names

ARMENIAN: Մետասեքվոյա Metaseqvoja
català: Secoya de l'alba
Catalan: Metasequoia, Sequoia de la Xina
čeština: Metasekvoje čínská
dansk: Vandgran
Deutsch: Chinesisches Rotholz, Metasequoia, Metasequoie, Urweltmammutbaum, Wassertanne
Dutch: Chinese schijncipres, Chinese sequoia, Watercipres
eesti: Metasekvoia
English: Dawn Redwood, China redwood, Chinese water fir, Metasequoia, Water fir, Water larch
español: Metasecuoya, Falsa secuoya, Leño rojo oriental, Metasecoya, Metasecuoia, Metasequoia, Secuoya de hojas caedizas
Esperanto: Metasekvojo
Ελληνικά: Μετασεκόια
français: Métaséquoïa de Chine, Métaséquoia, Métaséquoia du Sichuan, Séquoia de Chine
한국어: 메타세콰이아
hrvatski: Kineska metasekvoja
italiano: Metasequoia
עברית: מטסקוויה
коми: Метасеквойя
кырык мары: Метасеквойя
magyar: Szecsuáni ősfenyő
日本語: メタセコイア
norsk bokmål: Metasequoiaslekten, Urtreslekten
Перем Коми: Метасеквойя
polski: Metasekwoja chińska
português: Metasequoia
русский: Метасеквойя, Метасеквойя глиптостробоидная
slovenčina: Metasekvoja čínska
suomi: Kiinanpunapuu
svenska: Kinesisk sekvoja
Tiếng Việt: Thủy sam
Türkçe: Su ladini
удмурт: Метасеквойя
中文: 水杉
العربية: سكويا الفجر