Dawn Redwood (Outdoor)

$13.00 (Fixed Shipping Cost)

Dawn Redwood - Outdoor Bonsai Tree

This tree is a real blast from the past! 

According to the fossil record, the Dawn Redwood has been around for millions of years - as far back as the time of the dinosaurs. For a long time, it was thought to be extinct, until a small grove was discovered in China, in 1944. With this discovery, it has exploded in popularity around the world as a gorgeous decorative plant with a unique history. 

The Dawn Redwood also makes for an amazing Bonsai tree. They typically feature a perfectly straight and thin main trunk, with numerous branches leading to fern-like deciduous leaves. Despite coming from China, they are remarkably similar in appearance to Californian Giant Redwoods, making them especially popular among American Bonsai enthusiasts.  

They are exceptionally fast-growing, making them great for impatient cultivators. They are also quite hardy. Even though their native habitat is quite damp, they can tolerate dry periods for a while as well. These are trees that need a lot of sun for the best growth, which is why they should be kept outdoors whenever possible. During winter, they will need root protection. 

Speaking of winter, be aware that the Dawn Redwood goes dormant in chilly weather. It will lose its leaves, although they do turn a gorgeous yellow bronze before dropping. Do not worry, this is completely normal, and it will come back to life in the spring. 

Winter is also when you will want to do your training if you want to modify its appearance. The wires should be left in place at least three months, and six is better, so that you are removing them sometime in the summer. At the same time, you can do your major pruning as well. You want it to have a few months to heal, during the autumn season, before the next dormant period. 

That said, redwoods rarely take on a wind-swept look in nature, so allowing it to keep its natural formal or semiformal upright shape is fine. The canopy tends to get a bit messy and overgrown, so that might be your pruning focus - or let it develop untouched, as these trees did for millions of years. 

Either way, this is a beautiful bonsai tree and could be a wonderful addition to your yard or garden. With proper care, it will be a treasured living decoration for years to come. 


Dawn Redwood - 4 Years Old, 16-20" Tall

Important Shipping Guidelines:

  • We cannot ship to a FPO, APO, P.O. Box or to locations in AlaskaVirgin Islands, Puerto RicoHawaii or anywhere internationally.
  • All Bonsai are shipped FedEx ground direct from the nursery and will ship separately from other items purchased via the Bonsai Outlet.
  • Shipments of Trees are released on Mondays and Tuesdays only to avoid being held in-transit over weekends.
  • If extreme weather is expected, we may delay shipping your Bonsai tree to guarantee a healthy arrival; in such a case we will contact you.


  • Will I Kill It?

    Maybe, but probably not. Kids and pets are much harder to keep alive, so if you’ve ever had one of them you’ll be fine. Most Bonsai we sell need little more than sun & water.

  • Are there specific Care Guides available for each species?

    Yes there are, and you can find them HERE

  • When will my Bonsai ship?

    We ship daily. However, trees to the west coast ship on Mondays or Tuesday to avoid being held in-transit over the weekend. Shipments of Trees are released on Mondays and Tuesdays only to avoid being held in-transit over weekends.

  • Can I track my Bonsai?

    Yes, once your Bonsai ships you’ll get an email with a FedEx tracking number that you’ll be able to use on their website to see exactly when your tree will arrive.

  • Do I need anything else to start an adventure in Bonsai?

    Your Bonsai will arrive potted in a ceramic Bonsai pot that will compliment your tree and right off the bat that’s all you’ll need. If you’re looking for the basics beyond that, a Starter Kit and Humidity Tray are an excellent place to start.