Bonsai Training Information

Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Dawn Redwood

The lovely fast growing Metasequoia glyptostroboides is a deciduous conifer with brown red coloured bark and a rich-green, feathery leaves which turn bronze-gold in autumn. Thought to have been extinct it was discovered in China in 1941 in Western China. This species has been on earth for many millions of years.


Formal upright, Informal Upright, Slanting, Cascade, Semi-cascade, Group planting, Saikei




Full sun, partial shade.


Water vigorously during growing season. Prefers wet soil, use a humidity tray to provide additional micro climate and moisture during summer periods.


Bi-weekly during growing season. Use a balanced fertiliser

Leaf and Branch Pruning:

Fast growing species so it will needs constants trimming. Trim back new shoots as they grow.

Re-potting & Growing Medium:

Every second year for older plants, every year for younger plants as they grow very fast and can get pot bound quickly. Repot in early spring or early autumn when weather is still warm. Use a fast draining soil 2 part Akadama, 2 part Pumice and 1 part Sphagnum Moss to help with moisture retention.


Wiring any time of the year but do not leave on for more than a couple of months at a time.


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