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jlushious

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Dawn Redwood Crush
« on: June 05, 2014, 10:22 AM »
I bought this Dawn redwood last year. Top pic is right after purchase.

I cut it back hard after repotting last summer and let it grow out - second pic is post-chop/repot.

The last picture is how it looks this morning.

I am so in love with this species. All I have been doing is pretty much trying to keep the top in check and pinching new growing tips on top since they tend to go balls to the wall on top growth.
 

Joshua Hanzman

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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2014, 02:18 PM »
It week have a long lovely future with you =) they do have such great foliage, i need to get some in my life...

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Re: Dawn Redwood Crush
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2014, 10:04 PM »
  I was just looking up threads on redwoods and came across yours. I'm thinking of getting one also. How tall was yours to begin with. I found one that is around 6" in diameter but is like 10' tall or more. I would have to cut it down to size right there. How much can you whack off of these at one time?
 

jlushious

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Re: Dawn Redwood Crush
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2014, 10:21 PM »
Well, the top photo is in a 1 gallon pot, so I would say it was at least 3' or maybe 3.5'. It was probably about 3 or 4 years old at most and had never been in anything other than the 1 gallon pot.

I chopped it down about half, it grows like crazy and tends to grow really fast at the crown so you can regrow a nice shape at the top pretty fast to conceal any big chops. I haven't tried any significant chopping techniques - like the kind of thing Al does on his trident maples, but I have definitely thought about trying it because of the fact that they do grow really fast.

That being said, I am no expert, and this is the only one I have.

Just my thoughts!
 

jlushious

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Re: Dawn Redwood Crush
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2014, 09:38 PM »
Just snapped a new photo of this, it seems to like the dry hot weather here right now (fingers crossed it also likes -40 C!).
 

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Re: Dawn Redwood Crush
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2014, 06:31 AM »
You can cut our Redwoods down to the ground and they will keep growing.

If Dawn shares that characteristic, a good chop should be ok.

 

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Re: Dawn Redwood Crush
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2014, 11:59 AM »
I suspect you're going to need to provide a lot of winter protection for this one.  I know they are winter hardy in usda zone 5 (-20F) and maybe zone 4 (-30F), unlikely to survive a real zone 3 winter (-40F).
 

jlushious

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Re: Dawn Redwood Crush
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2014, 01:41 PM »
Oh definitely, I have a number of zone 5s that will need some major protection. Still trying to work out the perfect set up, but I have lots of options.

These do grow back like crazy, I will probably wait until the foliage drops in the fall to chop back when I can see what I've got. Until then I have just been pinching the top.