This Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia Glyptostroboides) is about 100 feet tall and 18 feet in circumference. Located near my place, it was planted in 1948 on Smith College Campus. It’s one of my favorite trees and I gave a visit today while on a walk through town.
It’s related to California Redwoods but it’s not American, it’s Chinese. It was thought extinct for 20 million(!) years (via fossil records) until it was discovered in a small mountain grove in China in 1941 (links below). Thousands are planted in the U.S. every year as decoration because they grow fast and are easy-ish to maintain.
This particular tree is the tallest Dawn Redwood in New England. It’s also among the top ten tallest of this species in the US. If you’re interested, have a look at some pictures of this nice guy with leaves, which are fern like and surprisingly delicate.
The things we find in our backyards…