Rolling Hill’s beautiful dawn redwood
One of the more interesting trees at Rolling Hill is the Dawn Redwood, Metasequoia glyptostroboides. Often confused with the southern native Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum) the Dawn Redwood is a native of eastern Szechuan and western Hupeh, China. Dawn Redwoods can attain a height of 70 to 100’, with a canopy spread of 25’. Identifying characteristics are the opposite buds linearly arranged along the stems,(whereas Baldcypress has alternate buds), deciduous leaves that look like evergreen conifer needles, reddish brown bark that fissures and turns darker and grayish with age, and small pendulous cones. There is a terrific specimen behind townhome #2106 in the backyard.