Common Name: dawn redwood
Origin/Ecology: Native to China.
Habit: Grow conically and very tall with a deep tap root in deep soil, white in shallower conditions, trunks become fluted and buttressed near the ground, and crowns more rounded.
Leaves: Feathery, pinnate needles that emerge shrimp pink in spring, and gradually turn green as they mature. In autumn, the needles are shed after turning brown. Oppositely arranged branchlets (shed as a unit) and looser looking terminal branchlets).
Leaf Arrangement: opposite
Flowers and Fruit: Terminal branchlets will shed individual leaves, leaving buds that will emerge in spring as pollen-releasing male cones. Female cones emerge just before pollen release and the male branchlets are shed soon after.
Bark: Showy, exfoliating, stringy, deeply fissured, orange-brown.
Water Use, Soil: Acidic, well-drained
Exposure: Full sun
Landscape Uses: Screening, specimen plant
Limitations: Pest and disease resistant.