The Dawn redwood (also Chinese redwoods, water fir, botanically Metasequoia glyptostroboides, Family Cypress - Cupressaceae) is a living fossil. Only 70 years ago the first living trees in China were rediscovered. Until then, the tree was considered extinct.
The Chinese redwood grows quickly and reaches heights up to 30m. He is getting old to 400 years. The Dawn redwood is deciduous, that means the needles together with the short shoots fall off in autumn.
As a bonsai the Chinese redwood prefers a well drained, nutrient-rich substrate. The combination of Akadama as a substrate with an organic fertilizer such as Biogold is well suited. A strictly upright design is close to the natural shape and is usually the best.