Dawn Redwood Bonsai Tree Seeds (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) Sequoia

Dawn Redwood Bonsai Tree Seeds (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) Sequoia

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The Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia Glyptostrobodes) is one of only a few trees in the sequoia family.  The tree is a deciduous tree that has a nice green foliage during the growing season that turns to a copper color in the autumn. 

Previously though to be extinct, a dawn redwood grove was found in the 1940's in China and now it is back from the dead.   This tree is easy to grow in much of the United States as a bonsai and is hardy from USDA zones 4-8..  Generally these are grown large in the ground then cut back to form a shorter tree after the desired trunk thickness is reached.

USDA Zone: 4-8
Germinating Difficulty: Easy

This tree grows quickly at 36" - 60" per year once established in the ground, slower in a pot.  The seeds are fairly easy to germinate.  They will require a 24 hour water soak, starting out as warm/hot water.  Seeds that float should be discarded after the 24 hours.  The remaining seeds should be planted in a seed starting medium such as pearlite, planted about 1/8" deep and the soil tamped after sowing.  The soil MUST be kept damp (never dry and not often soaked) and warm for the seeds to germinate which usually happens in 30 - 45 days.  A seed germination heat mat will help improve germination.

Seeds should be used as soon as possible.  Seeds that will not be used immediately should be stored dry in the plastic bag in the refrigerator.  The quality of the seeds will degrade over time, normally 3-5 years.

Seeds are sourced from the most reputable commercial seed sources.  These are the same seeds we use.  Like nearly all seeds on earth, not all will germinate.  Germination results are based on many factors including proper seed care, proper seed preparation including scarification and stratification, watering, temperature, seed quality and more.
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