Location and Notable Facts
- Other names
- Scientific Family
- Cupressaceae (Cypress Family)
- Believed to be extinct until discovered in China in 1944.
- Size (Width/Height/Growth/DBH)
- Can grow to 100 feet in height.
- Deciduous dark green leaves in summer changing to a russet color in fall.
- A deciduous conifer producing small, round 1/2" to 1" cones.
Photo credit to University of Minnesota: The UFore Nursery & Lab
- Leaf Arrangement
- Needle leaf deciduous trees with opposite attachment.
Photo credit to Purdue University
- Bark Arrangement
- Reddish-Brown peeling rough bark.
Photo credit to Franklin & Marshall College
- Non-native; introduced from China to the United States in the late 1940s.
- Comparisons to similar trees
- Bald Cypress
- Dawn Redwood has opposite leaf arrangement Bald Cypress has alternate leaf arrangement.
- Bald Cypress will produce knees, if grown in wet areas. Dawn Redwood will not.
- Ornamental; used in place of Bald Cypress where knees may occur
- Local Location / History:
- The main entrance to the CHI St. Vincent Hospital
- Dawn Redwood is a living fossil. Thought to have been extinct until 1944 when it was discovered growing in China.