One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A coniferous tree with deciduous needles, known only as a fossil until it was found growing in south-western China in 1941.
Metasequoia glyptostroboides, family Taxodiaceae
- ‘Plants of the lower, wetter floodplains included dawn redwood, a Chinese relative of bald cypress, alder, a relative of witch hazel, and more than a hundred less-common species.’
- ‘The famous giant redwood is a large evergreen conifer, whereas, in contrast, the dawn redwood is a deciduous conifer.’
- ‘The two extinct species of Metasequoia were adapted to distinctly different swamp habitats, as are living dawn redwood compared with swamp cypress.’
- ‘A towering dawn redwood, planted in the 1940s, graces the Garden's oak and conifer knoll.’
- ‘Along the trail, visitors can enjoy specimens such as the Indian horse chestnut, dawn redwood, autumn oaks and oriental hawthorns.’
- ‘Now native only to China, the dawn redwood was the most common sequoia in North America during prehistoric times.’
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