Dawn Redwood Tree Seeds

(Metasequoia glyptostroboides) Perennial. Zones 4 - 8.

We first met Dawn, much to our surprise, at the Halifax Public Gardens. Here on the East Coast, gentle giants like cedars, cypress and sequoias are usually trees we associate with West Coast rain forests. Not a true evergreen, loses needles in Fall. 

Worldwide, the Dawn Redwood was though to have gone extinct millions of years ago, in fact fossils in North America date back to 20 million years. But, in the 1940s a huge, ancient Dawn Redwood was discovered in China's Shui-hsu valley. Due to rigorous conservation efforts, the Dawn Redwood population has been on the rise over the last hundred years. These incredible trees have become prominent features in gardens around the world.

Aside from being a living fossil, this unique conifer loses its leaves every Fall. The Dawn Redwood is a quick growing tree. The tallest living specimen stands at 120ft, in Hubei, China.


Cold Hardiness: Zones 4-8

Edible: No

SizeLarge tree

Growth RateMedium

Nitrogen Fixer: No

Native Plant: No

Germination: 60 - 70%

Sun Requirements: Full Sun

Soil Preference: Moist, humus soil, however tolerant of many soil types.



SEED PRETREATMENT: Mix seeds with a moistened grow medium equal to 3-4 times seed volume. Place in a plastic bag, covered tray/cells or container.

STRATIFICATION: 21 days cold/moist (5°C). Place plastic bag with seeds and soil in your refrigerator, preferably in a veggie crisper.

POST-STRATIFICATION: Sow stratified seeds on soil surface, tamp down gently, ideally in a peat/perlite mix. Water evenly and regularly.

GERMINATION: When all previously mentioned requirements are fulfilled, germination generally occurs in 10-30 days.

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Available direct from Incredible Seeds, a Canadian Heirloom and Heritage Seed Company, offering only the best natural, non-GMO, open pollinated and untreated seeds, located in Mi'kma'ki / Nova Scotia.

  • $6.99

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