... Don't actually own any 'proper' bonsai … Redwood likes full/ partial sun and moderate water and fertilizer. A whole forest of them! A bonsai dawn redwood is tolerant of a range of soil types, though it will look its best in a well-draining, acidic potting mixture that has been enhanced with organic matter to retain moisture. First forest attempt - Dawn redwood. These tiny trees are actually ancestors of the giant California redwood. Soil. The cool new Bonsai Redwood Forest lets you grow an entire grove of miniature Dawn Redwood trees! I've not done a forest or used redwood before so will be a nice project to learn the development process. The Dawn Redwood was originally thought to be extinct until rediscovered in the … More than just a potted plant, this is a grove of miniature trees that you foster along, from seedling to sprout to bonsai forest. Called Dawn redwood… Grouping of Dawn Redwood … SCIENTIFIC NAME: Metasequoia glyptostroboides COMMON NAME: Dawn Redwood SPECIFICS: 7" Pot UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS: Dawn Redwood is a long-lived, fast-growing, endangered deciduous conifer.