Dawn Redwood

Meet a ‘living fossil’. This ancient species has been found in fossils dating back to Mesozoic period so was known by dinosaurs.


  • Average height and spread up to 50 metres by 7.5 metres
  • Foliage: Deciduous
  • Leaves: Soft, bright green, feathery leaflets, held in two opposite ranks. Turn orangey brown in Autumn
  • Native to UK: No 

Did you know?

  • The Dawn Redwood was thought to be extinct but was accidentally rediscovered in 1941. 
  • It is one of only 3 known varieties of Redwood in existence. The other two are the Coast Redwood and the Giant Sequioa. 
  • This species is a rare deciduous conifer, which means it sheds its leaves in Autumn, unlike most other conifers which are evergreen. 
  • Dawn Redwoods are very tolerant to air pollution, so a great choice for urban landscapes.