Dawn Redwood – 5 live seedlings – Metasequoia glyptostroboides – Great bonsai

December 30, 2019 - Comment

LeBeau Bamboo NurseryGrower of 500+ varieties!Inspected and licensed by the Oregon Department of AgricultureCombined shipping for multiple plant ordersShipping is $8.49 plus 50 cents for each additional plant (listings for bundles qualify as a single plant)→ Find More Plant Varieties For Discounted ShippingPlanting and early care instructions sent with each order.Metasequoia glyptostroboides – Dawn RedwoodAverage

LeBeau Bamboo NurseryGrower of 500+ varieties!Inspected and licensed by the Oregon Department of AgricultureCombined shipping for multiple plant ordersShipping is $8.49 plus 50 cents for each additional plant (listings for bundles qualify as a single plant)→ Find More Plant Varieties For Discounted ShippingPlanting and early care instructions sent with each order.Metasequoia glyptostroboides – Dawn RedwoodAverage Height: 20-40 feet in landscapes, 100+ feet in the wild. Thick roots make this a very wind fast tree. Hardiness: Zones 4-8, very adaptable! Aspect: Sun to light shade, grows fastest in full sun Plant Spacing: 10+ ft apart, 5′ spacing for solid screenDeer Resistance: 5/5 – Very deer resistant! Leaves: Flat spreading needles (rare for Cypress family trees which normally have scaled leaves), deciduous. The leaves are as soft as feathers all year 1-2 foot tall plants are offered in addition to our one gallon sizes at some points in the year. 1-2′ plants are a size just under the one gallons usually offered and are often preferred by bonsai enthusiasts. You can prune these back to several inches tall in the winter for bonsai purposes or just grow them on as landscape trees. This is a nice size to start with because they are cheaper than the one gallons but still size up quickly because this species is such a fast growing tree. The Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) is native to China and is one of the three surviving species of Redwood Trees, the other two (which we also sell) being native to California. All three Redwood species are considered endangered, but the Dawn Redwood was actually originally discovered only in the fossil record. In 1944, just a few surviving trees were found in China and were quickly propagated from. New trees have been planted around the world to hopefully prevent the extinction of this amazing conifer – you should add one to your landscape to help ensure the continuation of the species! Today, the Dawn Redwood has become very popular for its wide and thick branches, fast growth habit, and amazingly fissured bark. Additionally, the tree is deciduous and drops its needles in the fall, revealing its strong branches and bark covered in small canyons. During the entire growing season, the needles are feather soft unlike most conifer species, which are usually sharp and pointy (hence the naming of conifer leaves as “needles”). In the garden, the Dawn Redwood is a medium to large sized tree (still an impressive size of up to 100 feet tall, but smaller than the other two Redwood species) with a dense canopy. This makes an excellent shade tree because its branches spread wide, unlike most conifers, but will also let light in during the cold winter months. They make a fine addition to Japanese and Asian style gardens. Dawn Redwoods are also very popular for bonsai plants because of their small foliage, ease of shaping, and large trunk diameter relative to its height. One of the traits that makes the Dawn Redwood unusual compared to other conifers is that you can take a tall single trunk tree and prune it to any height to create a large tapering trunk but with a short height at any age because the Dawn Redwood can grow from the base. Most conifers can only produce new growth where there is already growth, which means that shaping for bonsai must be done from near the beginning. This makes the Dawn Redwood a fantastic species for both experts and beginners because if you mess up it is really easy to start over. Beginner bonsai enthusiasts should start experimenting with conifers using either this species or the Coast Redwood for the easiest and fastest results. Close up of the dense foliage.Image Credit: CC 3.0, MetasequoiaA note about the unique branching patterns and compound leaves produced by the Dawn Redwood The formation of branches on the Dawn Redwood is very interesting, a leaf set is actually not just the needle in conifer species but each needle is actually part of a compound leaf which is made up of a fleshy stem and multiple leaflets – these look like branches but the whole thing drops as one piece in the fall. See an example here: Diagram showing different types of compound leaves, Dawn Redwoods are pinnately compound.If you have a pine tree in your yard you will notice that the needles that have fallen to the ground are actually dropped in bundles with multiple needles emerging from a single bud, but in the case of the Dawn Redwood the compound leaves are much larger and actually look like small branches. If you look closely at the stems of Dawn Redwood trees in the winter, you will see the scars of where those compound leaves were last year with a new bud emerging. This bud will produce a permanent woody branch in the spring which will then produce additional compound leaves that will drop off again next year leaving only the true woody branches behind. This makes these trees much more interesting for bonsai purposes because the shape of the trees you get is very unique to this type of branching and leaf pattern, even compared to other deciduous conifers like Larch which have much smaller compound sets. Even young trees develop nice sturdy trunks which are very straight.Image Credit: CC 3.0, Metasequoia Dawn Redwoods planted as a border.Image Credit: CC 3.0, Metasequoia New spring growth emerging from the woody branches.Image Credit: CC 3.0, Metasequoia Branches splay out flat, one of the reasons it makes an excellent bonsai species.Image Credit: CC 3.0, Metasequoia The fissured trunk of an older Dawn Redwood 1 Gallon Plants Potted 1 gallon Dawn Redwoods ready for sale A Dawn Redwood tree wrapped and ready to ship. Dawn Redwood and Bald Cypress Trees (which are closely related) are frequently used for making bonsai because of their thick trunks, small/dense foliage, and generation of branches from old wood. Image credit: By Ragesoss – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2564254 Typical plug size (fall 2019 crop) How Your Plants Are ShippedWoody and perennial plants are usually shipped by removing the plant from its container and washing the soil away. They are then bundled together and wrapped in wet paper and plastic to keep the roots moist but the tops dry to prevent rot. Plants that grow from tubers, rhizomes, crowns, and bulbs like Dahlias, Grasses, Ferns, Daylilies, and Peonies are often pruned back and sent padded in a bag full of sawdust. Typically these plants are available only for dormant shipping in late fall, winter, or early spring but a few species are available for summer shipping as well. After the roots are washed of soil, the bundles look like this. Pictured are 10 Giant Coast Redwood in the 1 gallon size. Late in the season, these plants are often 3 feet tall! In this picture, the roots are 8 inches long. The bundle of plants is wrapped in paper to pad the roots from damage and keep them moist. For large plants, paper shreds are added to fill in gaps in the larger root structure. The bundles are soaked in water and then bagged. The top of the bag is taped shut and the tops of the plant are left dry. Your plants will be placed into tight fitting boxes to prevent the plants from shifting around during transit. They will also be secured to the bottom of the box with a piece of tape. Then they are ready to go!Bamboo Plants Are Shipped In Their Container – Will be sent either UPS or USPS depending on plant sizesPlants that are shipped in their containers have their container wrapped in plastic to keep the soil from falling away and are then strapped to the bottom of the box. This prevents the plants from moving around even if the boxes are dropped or turned upside down. One gallon bamboo plants boxed, strapped, and ready to be sealed. Our most common boxes fit 8, 12, and 17 plants tight and snug. Smaller boxes also fit one or two plants tight and snug.Bamboo plants are shipped in their container because they don’t like root disturbance and bare root shipping would cause a lot of damage. Most other plants do just fine with bare root shipping because their roots are more flexible and less likely to break during transit. Small sized plants, usually in one and two gallon containers, can be shipped during the active growing season while larger plants are delayed until they are dormant in the fall and are shipped until spring.Plant GuaranteeWe have many years of experience shipping plants and have fine-tuned our methods to ensure the highest success, but shipping anything across the county has challenges and this is especially true for plants. If any of your plants arrive damaged please contact us for replacements. Be sure to keep the original packaging as the it might need to be inspected by the Post Office.


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