Dawn Redwood - Metasequoia glyptostroboides
The dawn redwood was considered to have become extinct and was known only as a fossil, until 1944 when it was discovered in a small region in China. It was introduced to the UK in 1949 via the Arnold Arboretum (part of Harvard University) and Bedgebury is home to five plants that were brought over and raised from this seed.
It is easy to grow and one million trees have been planted in China along a 60km stretch of road in Pizhou City. It is unusual in that it is a deciduous conifer and has a beautiful salmon pink autumn colour. It grows well in damp moist conditions and the best specimens can be found by Marshal’s Lake.
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