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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Alerts & Updates

The lower portion of the Rose Garden is closed due to renovations to the turf. The top gate is open to allow for visual access, just not foot traffic. We hope to reopen quickly.

Please note that weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.