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Amber Glow™ Redwood Tree for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide

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Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'WAH-08AG'
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When you think of redwood trees, you probably picture the immense behemoths that tower over other trees in California. The Amber Glow redwood, Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'WAH-08AG,' is a different beast altogether: a tree with the stately presence and elegant silhouette of a classic redwood, but in a manageable size. In fact, this tree achieves a height of only 30 to 40 feet, with a mature width of 15 to 20 feet — meaning that it will fit in all but the smallest of gardens. And as its name suggests, the leaves turn a spectacular orange-red in fall, providing an eye-catching view wherever you plant it. Here are a few more reasons to consider Amber Glow redwood tree for your landscape:

  • The spring and summer foliage is an attractive golden-green color.
  • Its beautiful reddish-brown bark provides winter interest in the garden.
  • Unlike some redwoods,the  Amber Glow doesn't burn in full sun.

Plant Care



Plant your Amber Glowtm redwood tree where it will get full sun — six or more hours of direct light a day.



When young, give your tree about an inch of water a week; mature trees need water only during droughts.



Fertilize your tree in spring with a slow-release, balanced fertilizer designed for landscape trees.

Planting and Care

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by Mary Van Keuren | Gardener (30+ Years Experience) – last update on July 5, 2022

Planting instructions

Site your redwood tree in well-draining soil where it will get at least six hours of sun a day. Avoid planting it under overhead utility wires and cables. Unpot your sapling and tease out any encircling roots, which can girdle the tree and slowly kill it. Dig a hole that’s as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Place the tree in the hole, spreading out the roots. Fill in around the root ball with topsoil, tamping down as you go to eliminate air pockets. Water thoroughly. Apply a 2- to 3-inch layer of an organic mulch, such as bark chips, around the root zone to conserve moisture and hinder weed growth.

Watering and nutrients

For your tree’s first few years, make sure it receives about an inch of rain a week, either from rain or supplemental watering. A mature tree will only need extra water during particularly hot or dry weather. Feed your Amber Glow redwood tree in the spring with a general purpose, slow release fertilizer designed for landscape trees and shrubs, such as a 10-10-10 formula.


Redwoods are monoecious, which means that a single tree has both pollen-producing cones and seed-producing cones. Pollination of the seed cones occurs through the action of the wind, and results in small, brown seeds that eventually are blown off the tree.


These trees need no regular pruning, and when left alone will form a pleasant, pyramidal shape. You should, however, monitor the tree for broken, diseased, or dead branches, and these should be trimmed out whenever they are seen.

Pests and diseases

Pests that may impact your Amber Glow redwood tree include spider mites, bark beetles, and scale insects. A healthy tree can fight off minor infestations; horticultural oil or an insecticide can be used for major ones. Diseases that impact redwoods include botrytis blight and several types of canker disease. Cercospora needle blight may also have an impact.

Achieving maximum results

A mature Amber Glow redwood tree offers a great deal of value to the gardener while at the same time needing very little care. To help your tree reach maturity, however, it pays to lavish some attention on it when it is young. A mature tree, for example, is generally fine without annual feedings of fertilizer. When the tree is young, however, and expending a great deal of energy putting out new growth, regular applications of a balanced fertilizer can help augment the nutrients and micronutrients it gets from the soil.


Where can the Amber Glow redwood tree be grown?

This redwood tree grows well in USDA hardiness zones 6 through 8. That includes much of the non-tropical southern states as well as the Pacific Northwest and and as far north as parts of New England. It is hardy down to -10 degrees Fahrenheit.

How is the Amber Glow redwood tree best used in a landscape setting?

The Amber Glow redwood tree makes an excellent specimen tree planted in a front or back yard. The tree offers four-season interest, and it looks particularly spectacular in fall, when the needles show their characteristic amber-gold color. These redwoods can also be planted to form a windscreen at the edge of a property, with their dense foliage offering privacy and shade throughout the growing season.

How fast does an Amber Glow redwood tree grow?

These trees are a variety of dawn redwood, which is the fastest growing type of redwood tree. You can expect your tree to add 1 to 2 feet of new growth a year until they reach their mature height of 30 to 40 feet.

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Mature height
30-40 ft.
Mature width
15-20 ft.
Sunlight requirement
Full Sun
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Botanical name
Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'WAH-08AG'
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Grows Well In Zones
Growing Zones: 6-8 i Growing zones help determine if a particular plant is likely to grow well in a location. It identifies the average annual minimum winter temperatures across the U.S. provided as a map by the USDA.
(hardy down to -10°F)

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