Meet a ‘living fossil’. This ancient species has been found in fossils dating back to Mesozoic period so was known by dinosaurs.
- Average height and spread up to 50 metres by 7.5 metres
- Foliage: Deciduous
- Leaves: Soft, bright green, feathery leaflets, held in two opposite ranks. Turn orangey brown in Autumn
- Native to UK: No
Did you know?
- The Dawn Redwood was thought to be extinct but was accidentally rediscovered in 1941.
- It is one of only 3 known varieties of Redwood in existence. The other two are the Coast Redwood and the Giant Sequioa.
- This species is a rare deciduous conifer, which means it sheds its leaves in Autumn, unlike most other conifers which are evergreen.
- Dawn Redwoods are very tolerant to air pollution, so a great choice for urban landscapes.