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1.  Dawn Redwood

 (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)

One spring several years ago, a WSU student worker who assisted the grounds crew suggested planting a tree for a class project.  After discussing the various options, the Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) was selected. Early on a Saturday morning representatives from the student's class helped plant the Dawn Redwood; the tree with a fascinating history. 

This particular species was previously known through fossil records, which date back 30-50 million years.  Considered to be a relative of the Sequoia, the Dawn Redwood is a deciduous conifer. 

Most conifer trees are commonly thought of as evergreens.  However, the Dawn Redwood exhibits deciduous tree behavior because its needle-like leaves turn color in autumn and are dropped. 

As recently as the mid-1940s, this tree was thought to be extinct until living Dawn Redwood trees were found in the province of Hupeh, China.  In 1944, the Dawn Redwood was re-introduced to the U.S. by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

The Dawn Redwood is a rapid growing tree and can grow to be 60 feet tall.  Its leaves are needle-like, opposite, and arranged in flat sprays.  They are 1/2  to 1 1/2 inches long, soft and light green turning a bronzy brown in the fall.  The tree features fissured and shredded bark.

WSU's sole Dawn Redwood can be found just west of the main (north) entrance to Memorial Hall.


(see #52 on the  maps)


 Dawn Redwood

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