Cupressaceae formally Taxodiaceae
Tree, Deciduous Conifer
Dawn Redwood is a fast growing, deciduous conifer that performs best in moist, deep, well-drained, slightly acidic soils in full sun. It is related to and closely resembles Bald Cypress (Taxodium).
Develops large trunks with wide buttresses, bark exfoliates in ribbon-like strips. The foliage is bright green in spring changing to an orangey-brown in autumn.
There are no serious pests but it can be susceptible to canker and Japanese beetle damage and it is on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Used in large open areas.
Thought to be extinct until discovered in China by T. Kan. Seeds from these trees were collected and distributed to universities and arboretums. Seeds were planted here in the 1970s.