Dawn Redwood Metasequoia "Ogon" grows 4 feet !
One of our dawn redwoods has grown 4 feet so far this year. The other grew 40" and the last, tranplanted twice grew only about 2 feet. Remarkable growth. They'll become the dominant trees in the yard in no time. That's fine by us tho as they are so beautiful. Our other trees have grown quite a bit too. The Dr. Merrill magnolia has grown close to 4 feet and the Japanese tree lilac has probably grown more than that. Also the Edith Bogue, Magnolia grandiflora is a contender for fastest growing tree. The bald cypresses are growing pretty rapidly but seem to have slowed down a bit, the tallest about 20' tall. We bought them at about 8' tall so they've grown 12 feet in three years. We'll have a jungle in no time. All to good purpose in blocking a new development just beyond the backyard - a massive 5 bedroom house being built just 40' from the propety line. Yuck!
The photos are of the dawn redwood. The one of the full tree is a low res photo taken with a toy camera. The other a closeup of the beautiful, glowing leaves/needles.