9. Dawn Redwood Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Family: Cupressaceae

This redwood was once common in the Northern hemisphere  but up until 1941 was only known as a fossil. A living dawn redwood was discovered in Sichuan Province of China in 1941 and in 1948 an American expedition collected seeds from this tree and distributed them to various arboreta around the world. While bark and foliage is similar to a tree in the same family, Sequoia, this tree is deciduous with beautiful red autumn colouring. Notice the buttresses on the lower trunk which is characteristic of the older tree. This is one of the largest dawn redwoods in NZ.  New Zealand Notable tree No: WGR/0722.