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Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Common Name: Dawn Redwood

Family: Taxodiaceae

Collection Number: 
Entry Author:  C. Westring
Description:   A large, deciduous, coniferous tree
Needles: 
Opposite, or sometimes sub-opposite, but usually in pairs.  Linear, flattened, straight or slightly curved.  Upper surface is bright green, under surface a lighter green
Cones: 
Elongated or rounded cones, 0.5" to 1" long.  Bluish color when young, brown or dark brown when mature.
Bark:
Reddish-brown when young, becoming darker, grayish, and fissure.  
Branching Pattern:  Ascending; two kinds: persistent and deciduous
Height:  45 meters
Conditions/Habitat/Kind of Forest:  Moist sites, slightly acidic soils, such as stream banks.
Range:   China
Zone: 4
Conservation Status-US/ World Wide:  Critically endangered
Uses (Human):  Ornamental uses

References:
Gymnosperm Database, University of Bonn
http://www.botanik.uni-bonn.de/conifers/cu/me/

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
http://www.iucnredlist.org/search/details.php?species=32317

UConn Plant Database
http://www.hort.uconn.edu/plants/m/metagly/metagly1.html

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