North Meadow, spring, willows, Dawn Redwood, 1970
Alternate Title: Flowering vegetation in the North Meadow with willows (Salix) and Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) in the background
Photograph by Pamela Bruns (American)
North Meadow, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
The Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) is Tree-of-the-Month at Arnold Arboretum for February 2016.
This ancient tree, also known as in Chinese as shui-sha (water fir), was discovered in the Hupeh (Hubei) Province on the border of Szechuan (Sichuan) Province in west central China in the 1940s. The tree had been believed to have become extinct millions of years ago but that was found not to be the case. It has been reintroduced to the rest of China and elsewhere in Asia and introduced to temperate areas of the world, including the United States, Europe, and New Zealand. It has proven to be very hardy, fast growing and suitable for use as an urban planting.
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