What kind of baby redwood is this?

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What kind of baby redwood is this?

Post by pdbrandt » Sat May 24, 2014 8:02 pm

Hi all,

A friend gave me this sapling. He said he bought it from someone who simply called it a "redwood" and said not to plant it within 30 feet of any building or other tree. Can anyone help me identify the species? Thanks!
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Re: What kind of baby redwood is this?

Post by Rand » Sat May 24, 2014 8:50 pm

Looks like a coast redwood. Here's a page that quickly compares the two: http://lh2treeid.blogspot.com/search/label/Taxodiaceae

I've read that coast redwoods don't tolerate freezing weather well at all (It's what stops their northern range at the oregon border). I hope your planting site is suitable.

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Re: What kind of baby redwood is this?

Post by Rand » Sat May 24, 2014 9:13 pm

Uhm... I think your tree is trouble:
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Re: What kind of baby redwood is this?

Post by mdvaden » Sat May 24, 2014 9:39 pm

Somewhat Dawn Redwood looking.

If so, entire rachis will drop off in fall / winter.
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Re: What kind of baby redwood is this?

Post by Will Blozan » Sun May 25, 2014 6:37 am

Looks like Metasequoia................................

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Re: What kind of baby redwood is this?

Post by Jess Riddle » Sun May 25, 2014 1:14 pm

Patrick,

Looks like dawn redwood (Metasequoia) to me. They have opposite branchlets (unlike baldcypress), which you can see some of in your photos. It's also much more commonly planted in the Southeast than is coast redwood. Winter will definitely separate those two.

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Re: What kind of baby redwood is this?

Post by Bart Bouricius » Sun May 25, 2014 8:03 pm

I have planted 2 Dawn Redwoods over the years in Massachusetts and they have both done well. One is still growing at about 45' and the other would certainly be over 60' now if it had not been cut down by the latest new house owner who wanted more lawn. As Bob Leverett will attest there is a a quite large one on Smith College Campus in Northampton, which probably needs measuring again.

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Re: What kind of baby redwood is this?

Post by Matt Markworth » Sun May 25, 2014 8:41 pm

Patrick,

Pretty cool! Dawn redwood seems to do well in Ohio. Here's the Ohio Champion, which is 16'9" (at 3') x 90.5'.
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Re: What kind of baby redwood is this?

Post by pdbrandt » Thu May 29, 2014 1:13 pm

Thanks everyone. I know just the place to plant this metasequoia. It will be fun to watch it grow.
Patrick

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