Our favorite tree is the endangered Metasequoia, also known as the dawn redwood. We have planted over 50 of these stately conifers in the last 20 years, and maybe as many as 100. A handful of those were street trees, which the Metasequoia is particularly well adapted to be.
Metasequoia: “meta” — like metamorphosis — means “to change”. Sequoia is derived from the eponymous Cherokee (1767–1843) inventor of the Cherokee syllabary, a set of written symbols resembling an alphabet.
In winter, the Metasquoia drops its needles. A deciduous conifer, it is like the bald cypress found in Louisiana and neighboring states. One could say it is truly paradoxical. Its existence was long speculated to be a missing evolutionary link between conifers and deciduous trees. Continue reading →