Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Plant Collection

dawn redwood
Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Catalogue No. 1943-257*A
Height: 90 feet
Spread: 34 feet
DBH: 39.2 inches

Native to central China. This grove of dawn redwood trees has often been described as being like a Gothic Cathedral. The trees, with their beautiful straight trunks, are planted along our East Brook, and are a pilgrimage for many of our visitors, particularly when they are showing their fantastic deep orange-brown fall color. The dawn redwood was thought to be extinct by Western botanists until it was rediscovered in the 1940s. Loving moisture, and very fast-growing, our grove dates from the early 1950s.


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