do redwood trees grow in ohio?

do redwood trees grow in ohio

10 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Redwoods are certainly not native to Ohio but there is a possibility that you could grow them in your yard.

    There are two species of redwood native to the US. The Coast Redwood (Sequoiadendron sempervirens) and the Sierra Redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum). The Coast Redwood will never grow in Ohio. These trees can't tolerate the cold and need moist coastal air. The Sierra Redwood can grow in USDA cold hardiness zones 6 to 8. Ohio is either zone 5 or 6 depending on where you live in Ohio (North or South). If you live in zone 6 than you could plant a Sierra Redwood. They actually do quite well in the east as they tolerate drier conditions than the Coast Redwood. In fact, Tyler Arboretum in Lima, Pa. has a 100' specimen. You might look for the cultivar ' Hazel Smith'. This is a strong-growing upright Sierra Redwood with bluer foliage, greater cold hardiness and slower growth (it will stay reasonable sized, longer).

    If you live in zone 5, then consider a Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides). This endangered tree from China will grow in zones (4)5-8.

    Additional Information: Sequoiadendron giganteum - Mean daily maximum temperatures for July for typical groves are 24° to 29° C (75° to 84° F). Mean minimum temperatures for January vary from 1° to -6° C (34° to 21° F). Extremes are about -24° and 40° C (-12° and 104° F) (32,37).

    Adapted to Coarse Textured Soils Yes

    Adapted to Fine Textured Soils No

    Adapted to Medium Textured Soils Yes

    Drought Tolerance Medium

    Frost Free Days, Minimum 130

    Moisture Use Medium

    pH, Minimum 5.5

    pH, Maximum 7.5

    Temperature, Minimum (°F) -24

    Precipitation, Minimum 35

    Precipitation, Maximum 55

    USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 6 : -10 to 0 (°F)*

    *Certainly within the natural extreme tolerance of Sequoiadendron gigateum (Sierra Redwood), but then cold hardiness is both a function of genetics and acclimation. Ideally, one must locate plant stock which has been propagated from plant stock that has exhibited cold hardiness in your target zone and has been raised in that target zone for any plant to truly be cold hardy. Any plant not meeting these two criteria may be borderline hardy regardless of the zone or the plant. Even Dawn Redwood can be borderline hardy if selected from lineage grown and propagated in zone 7, but ultimately planted in zone 6.

    And yes, the bark of Dawn Redwoods is special!

    Source(s): A fellow Horticulturist
  • I planted a redwood 25 years in my Maryland garden (suburbs of DC) and it's doing fine. Check with a local nursery or state farm bureau.

    I found that taking a garden hose and 'misting' the tree every day in the summer mornings, from top to bottom for about 10 minutes helped it, since in California they generally are misted by fog. Your winter might be a tad harsher than Maryland, but I'd give it a try.

    Mine was 4' tall when I planted it (make sure to 'amend' the soil, keep the right pH, etc.) and is now well over 30 feet tall. Well worth a try. When it got to about 20' I trimmed the bottom branches off, up to about 7' above the ground...great shade in the summer. And are the neighbors ever curious...and jealous.

  • 1 decade ago

    Giant Redwoods, the kind you see in California and on the west coast are borderline hardy in USDA hardiness zone 6. Some of Ohio is in that zone, so you'll have to consult a hardiness map to check your area.

    You can try Dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostoboides), they are hardy in zone 5 (I think all of Ohio is either 5 or 6). They are truly beautiful, I grew one at my parents house outside of Detroit. People used to stop, to ask them what it was. They are deciduous (drop their needles in the winter), so don't be alarmed when the tree goes bare. The bark is also an amazing feature.

    Similar trees include Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) and Larch (Larix decidua). All of them are nice and different.

    I hope you find one you like.

    Source(s): I am a professional horticulturist
  • Huba
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Not naturally but you can plant them with the proper care. Most redwoods are very shallow rooted and they are one of the few plants that absorb moisture through the needles or leaves. That is one reason why they do so well on the California coast - they get a "drink" from the fog!

    There are different varieties of redwoods. Check with your local nursery for recommendations. Plant it in an area where it has room to grow and your generations to follow will enjoy it too.

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  • 5 years ago

    If you're talking about Giant Sequoia (sequoiadendron giganteum) then the answer is a resounding yes. The will absolutely grow in Ohio. They will grow in all 50 states.

    If you're talking about Coast Redwood the answer is definitely no.

  • 1 decade ago

    they're not supposed to be able to survive there, but I used to live in Ohio and we had a redwood (it was medium in size and was struggling but it did survive the winters) and it was in our back yard near the house. Probably with the weather being strange all over, I wouldn't be surprised if the redwoods in the future started to flourish there.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Seems like any tree that grows to that size might need a lot of root space. Could be that they just don't make great pot trees. If they are something like 3 feet tall, I would say to get them in the ground.

  • 1 decade ago

    No. Wish they did.

  • 5 years ago

    it can

  • 1 decade ago


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