The dawn redwood is one of three species of conifers known as redwoods. It is a fast-growing deciduous tree and is the sole remaining member of the genus, Metasequoia. The tree is native to the Sichuan-Hubei region of China.
It is the least tall of the redwoods and grows to at least 70-100 feet tall. It grows well in zones 4-8 and does best in moist, hummusy, well-drained soils in full sun. It is designated a plant of merit by the Missouri Botanical Garden.