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This Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia Glyptostroboides) is about 100 feet tall and 18 feet in diameter. Located near my place, it was planted in 1948 on Smith College Campus. It’s one of my favorite trees and I gave a visit today while on a walk through town.
It’s related to California Redwoods but it’s not American, it’s Chinese. It was thought extinct for 20 million(!) years (via fossil records) until it was discovered in a small mountain grove in China in 1941 (links below). Thousands are planted in the U.S. every year as decoration because they grow fast and are easy-ish to maintain.
This particular tree is the tallest Dawn Redwood in New England. It’s also among the top ten tallest of this species in the US. If you’re interested, have a look at some pictures of this nice guy with leaves, which are fern like and surprisingly delicate.
The things we find in our backyards…
There were a number of these on the Humboldt State University campus, which always seems a little strange to me because it’s right in the middle of coast redwood country, where some the tallest trees in the world are found. If I remember rightly, dawn redwoods are the only needle-bearing trees that are deciduous - they look dead in the winter. But I may not remember my botany correctly.
My father told me when I was much younger that this is the most photographed tree in the world - The Lone Cypress on 17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach/Pacific Grove on the Monterey Penninsula, California. 17-Mile Drive is a private, scenic road you have to pay a toll of $9.75 to drive on. According to Wikipedia, the Pebble Beach Company says it has copyrighted this tree and refuses permission for commercial photography of it. It claims the tree is its trademark - not an imageof the tree to put on the company letterhead, but the tree itself.
400 trees to be removed for Endeavour’s L.A. arrival: For some South L.A. residents, the excitement of Endeavour rumbling through their neighborhoods en route to the California Science Center faded when they learned that 400 trees had to be cut down.
Photo: A landscaping crew cuts down a tree on Manchester Boulevard to clear the way for the space shuttle Endeavour when it makes its journey from Los Angeles International to its new home in Exposition Park. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / For The Times
I’m really excited that Endeavour is coming to my hometown, but this is bullshit.
Is the thing that huge? That’s pretty sucky. -South L.A. needs its trees.
We were thinking of going up there to see it go by - there are going to be a couple of geocaching meetups along the route (which is supposed to take a couple of days).
Nature’s Giants: Tallest Trees on Earth
by Linda and Dr. Dick Buscher
Sequoia is a name given to two species of coniferous evergreen redwood trees of the bald cypress family that grow in a narrow strip of land in central and northern California and southern Oregon. Sequoiadendron giganteum are the Giant Sequoias that grow only on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California and are the most massive trees in the world. Some Giant Sequoia trees are believed to be 3,000 to 4,000 years old. Sequoia sempervirens are the Coastal Redwoods that grow along the Pacific coastline and are the tallest known trees in the world…
(read more: OurAmazingPlanet) (images: Linda and Dr. Dick Buscher )
Hope we can squeeze in a camping trip to the rredwoods in Balch Park in the next couple of weeks.