Dawn Redwood Seeds (Metasequoia Glyptostroboides)

Dawn Redwood Seeds (Metasequoia Glyptostroboides)

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Very popular ornamental landscape or city tree. Dawn Redwood has been found to be very tolerant of urban pollution...

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Metasequoia glyptostroboides is a fast-growing, endangered deciduous, coniferous tree that reaches 30 to 45 m. It is native to Sichuan (Szechuan, Szechwan), China and was only introduced in 1948. The trunk forms a distinctive "armpit" under each branch. Metasequoia glyptostroboides is related to and very similar to the bald cypress (Taxodium) and redwood (Sequoia). Dawn redwood has proved an easy tree to grow in temperate regions. In Spring, the foliage is light green, it turns to deep green in summer, to yellow and red-bronze in fall. Metasequoia glyptostroboides is a very popular ornamental landscape or city tree. Dawn Redwood has been found to be very tolerant of urban pollution and seems to thrive best in almost rainforest conditions. However, Metasequoia glyptostroboides is threatened in its natural range by logging. Metasequoia glyptostroboides shouldn’t be in soils with a high pH. The tree requires little if any pruning to maintain the pyramidal form because of its neat, shapely habit. Metasequoia glyptostroboides grows in a perfect pyramid and was known from fossils before living plants were discovered in China. Hardiness Zone: 4-8
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Common name Dawn Redwood
Family Cupressaceae
Genus Metasequoia
Species M. glyptostroboides
Cultivar No
Therapeutic uses No
Germination After the cold stratification, fill 4-inch plastic pots with potting soil until the soil level is 1/2- to 1-inch below the top. Fill the pots with water two to three times, or until water runs out of the drainage holes at the pots' bottoms. Let the pots sit until the excess water finishes draining.

Remove the seeds from the refrigerator. Plant one seed per pot. Place the seed in the center of the pot and push it 1 inch down into the soil. Cover the seed with potting soil and press it down firmly, but gently.

Place a heat mat on a flat surface near a window that receives bright, indirect sunlight. Set the mat's temperature to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the pots on top of the mat.

Water the seeds every few days to keep the soil moist, but not wet. Observe the seeds for the next 60 days for signs of germination. Transplant the dawn redwood seedlings into 1-gallon pots when they reach 4 inches in height.
Scarification / Stratification Hold a handful of peat moss under a stream of water until it is thoroughly wet. Squeeze the moss gently to remove excess water. Place the moistened peat moss into a plastic bag.
Add the seeds to the bag and seal it closed. Shake the bag gently to mix the seeds and moss together. Place the bag in a refrigerator for 90 days to cold stratify the seeds to break the embryo dormancy.

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