Majestic and unmistakable in the landscape is the Dawn Redwood, which, once thought to be extinct, was rediscovered in China in the 1940s. This distinctive Japanese selection is a deciduous conifer that grows to a mature height of up to 70′ in 25 years. In spring, it forms a golden pyramid of feathery, yellow-green foliage that stands out in any landscape. It retains this stunning coloring until fall if provided with copious water throughout the growing season. When cold weather comes, the Metasequoia’s orange-brown bark, deeply fluted trunk, and architectural silhouette are a breathtaking sight against a background of fresh snow. These magnificent trees are a feature of many botanic gardens and arboretums, and they are a true treasure for any private garden with space enough to show them off.
For more information on the growing and care of Dawn Redwood, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
Latin Name Pronunciation: met-uh-seh-kwoy'uh
This tall, deciduous conifer has fern-like needles and makes an impressive specimen tree for large properties.
Light: Grow Metasequoia in full sun.
Soil: Prefers moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soil, but will prosper in most soils.
Watering: The key to getting your new shrub or tree off to a good start is moisture. Water thoroughly after planting, and keep a close eye on the plant over the following week. Then, give it a good soaking once a week during summer, unless rainfall is plentiful (more than 1″ per week). Established plants can generally get by on less water, but most grow best if the soil remains evenly moist.
Fertilizer: We recommend against fertilizing at planting time and during the first growing season in your garden. Plants need time to settle in before being pushed to grow. Most established plants grow best if fertilized with a light hand. Here at the Farm, we fertilize our specimen trees and shrubs just once—in early spring—with a light but even coverage of a balanced, granular fertilizer.