Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

DAWN REDWOOD
Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Cupressaceae or Taxodiaceae

Needles are opposite, flat, green and deciduous. Small branchlets bearing foliage drop off in the fall. Bark is red-brown and shreddy. Seed cone is cylindrical with scales like small "wax lips." Dawn redwood is a living fossil and is planted as an ornamental because of its beautiful pyramid-shaped crown.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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