Dawn Redwood

#2 - Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)

Baldcypress family, Taxodiaceae

This deciduous conifer was known only by fossil records until its discovery in China in 1941. The needles are feathery and turn a handsome orange to reddish brown before dropping each fall. The tree's shape is neatly conical, and the straight trunk becomes darkly fissured with age.