North Meadow, fall, Dawn Redwood, 1980
Alternate Title: North Meadow with a Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) on the right
Photograph by Carl Lobig
North Meadow, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
Metasequoia glyptostroboides, popularly known in the west as the “dawn redwood” and 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.
Additional information and photographs on Metasequoia may be found in the Arnold Arboretum Archives in the papers of Steven A. Spongberg, especially as they relate to the 1980 Sino-American expedition. In addition, photographs of specific Arnold Arboretum Metasequoia specimens may be found in our Visual Archives.
Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) is our Tree of the Month at Arnold Arboretum for the month of November, 2017.
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