Metasequoia glyptostroboides 500 Seeds - Dawn Redwood

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Metasequoia glyptostroboides, commonly called the dawn redwood, is a fast-growing deciduous conifer in the cypress family of Cupressaceae. Metasequoia glyptostroboides is the sole species in the genus Metasequoia and is considered to be an endangered species. The entire genus of Metasequoia was thought to be extinct until a small population of M. glyptostroboides was discovered growing in China in 1941. Although M. glyptostroboides are smaller than the redwoods in the genus Sequoia, it still reaches heights up to 120 feet tall. They have feathery bright green foliage that turn reddish brown in fall and make excellent bonsai specimens or ornamental trees in gardens. M. glyptostroboides are hardy to USDA hardiness zones 4 through 8.

Metasequoia glyptostroboides seeds require a period of cold stratification to germinate reliably. Soak the seeds in room temperature water for 24 to 48 hours, then place the seeds in a plastic bag with a small amount of moist, but not soaking wet, sterile potting medium (sand, perlite, vermiculite, folded paper towel, etc.). Place the bag of seeds in a refrigerator for 2 to 3 weeks. After the cold stratification is complete, plant seeds on the surface of a well draining potting soil and sprinkle just enough soil over the seeds to cover them. Keep the soil moist but not soaking wet between 65°F and 75°F for best results. Germination typically takes 2 to 3 weeks to occur. Even with optimal conditions, germination may be slow and sporadic.



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