Recently somebody posted a picture of a Dawn Redwood that looked kind of pitiful. Don't give up on this tree. It can be the ugly duckling and turn into a stately prince. Just make sure it gets a little extra moisture during the heat of the summer or plenty of mulch. I have 4 of these and they get prettier the older they get. I am in NE Iowa and we don't have a lot of these trees here yet. I hope more people will plant them.