Metasequoia (Dawn Redwood)
The genus Metasequoia, commonly known as dawn redwood, has only one living species (Metasequioa glyptostroboides). Thought to be extinct and only known through fossil records, it was re-discovered in China in 1944. It is also unique in the fact that it’s considered a deciduous conifer, meaning new foliage emerges in the spring and drops each fall season. Cultivars of dawn redwoods feature soft and delicate leaves, unique shapes and habit, and deeply fissured bark. These specimens perform best when planted in full sun and moist soil.