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Dawn Redwood, Metasequoia Glyptostroboides, The Living Fossil in my Yard

An avid gardener for over 40 years, Dolores has landscaped for private clients and maintained one client's small orchid collection.

Dawn Redwood is a living fossil endangered in the wild that you can plant and grow at home, providing that you have adequate space. It seems like a magical thing - this mighty tree with such delicate foliage is a giant that produces cones the size of marbles.

It is coniferous, yet deciduous.

Dawn redwood's cinnamon colored bark catches the sun in late afternoon and faeries seem to lurk in the deeply rippled trunk. Grow Dawn redwood and touch antiquity.

Dawn Redwood

Dawn Redwood

Many people here in the United States are familiar with the coast redwoods and giant sequoias of California, those magnificent giants that turn a forest into a cathedral. Some of us easterners dream of those beautiful places, of the nobility of those ancient trees that seem to stand like ladders to heaven.

But you don't have to travel to California. You can plant a Dawn redwood, a metasequoia glyptostroboides - providing you have a large enough piece of property or are crazy - like me!

Okay, so my husband was right. Maybe it is too big for our yard. But Dawn redwood is the tree of sweet dreams, of soft feathered foliage, of cool, deep shadows and some mystical connection to the spirits that dwell in those branches.

Dawn Redwood

Dawn Redwood

Dawn Redwood History

Dawn redwood was known to arborists only through the fossil record from its heyday 50 million years ago. Dawn redwood fossils have been found in northern Canada and in the badlands of western North Dakota.

Then, in the 1940s, a forest of Dawn redwoods was fund growing in the remote province of Szechwan, China. In 1948, seeds were collected and shipped to the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University where they were studied and cultivated.

In the 1980s, it was noticed that the second generation of Dawn redwoods suffered form inbreeding depression. Since only three threes were used as the original source of seeds, there was no genetic diversity. Second generation Dawn redwoods were susceptible to disease and reproductive failure. In the 1990s, seed collecting expeditions were sent to China and new seeds obtained. The genetic diversity available due to the collection of more specimens resulted in hardy, healthy trees.

Dawn Redwood at the National Arboretum in Washington DC

Dawn Redwood at the National Arboretum in Washington DC

Dawn redwoods are deciduous coniferous trees - that is - the trees produce cones but lose their foliage in the fall. They can be confused with Bald cypress but Bald cypress leaves are arranged in spirals while Dawn redwood leaves grow in an opposite arrangement. Dawn redwoods will not grow knees like Bald cypress, a tree that enjoys swampy conditions.

This beautiful tree appreciates full sun and moist, deep, well drained soil. They withstand flooding and are somewhat drought tolerant. A fast grower, Dawn Redwood reaches 70' - 100' in height with a 25' spread.

The trunks are remarkably straight and the tree grows in a tall, slender, pyramidal shape. They are hardy and care-free. With their cinnamon colored, exfoliating bark and deciduous nature, Dawn redwoods are quite the conversation piece. The leaves turn a lovely cinnamon-bronze in fall.

In order to cultivate a Dawn redwood with the distinctive contorted boles that produce the rippled effect of the trunk, do not limb up. Purchase a tree with lower limbs intact and do not remove those lower limbs.

Dawn redwood is monoecious, which means the tree is both male and female, bearing both seed producing cones (female) and panticles (the male part) which are clusters that hang from the branches. I've had two saplings - one given away, another sold at a flea market. This spring, I found several tiny seedlings growing near the tree and hope to nurse them along to a decent size for sale or to attempt bonsai. Check out the little babies in the photo as well as the tiny cones.

The nearest Dawn redwood that I know of is about 1.2 a mile away, grown by some other Dawn redwood besotted fool - only theirs' is in the front yard. About a mile and a half away, two Dawn redwood grow in the front yard of a house, giving the home the look of a cottage in a fairy tale.

Dawn redwood with bird calls

Dawn Redwood - Endangered in the Wild

There is only one remaining Dawn redwood forest in existence in China with approximately 5,000 trees. Due to prolific cone collecting, the number of seedlings are in decline. Without natural reproduction, the beautiful Dawn redwood forest of Sichuan, China is an endangered ecosystem. How sad that the popularity of this incredible specimen should be the cause of its demise in the wild. I hope that China restricts cone collecting in order to protect the Dawn redwood forest.

In the Eastern United States at Crescent Ridge Dawn Redwoods Nature Preserve in North Caroline, attempts are being made to reintroduce the Dawn redwood into a natural setting.

You can see Dawn Redwoods at the United States National Arboretum in Washington,DC; at Longwood Gardens in eastern Pennsylvania; at the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St.Louis, and atMarquand Park in New Jersey.

If you are passing through a neighborhood and spot a tall, graceful tree poking up above the canopy, check it out, it may be a Dawn redwood.

If you know of a park or public garden where Dawn redwoods grow, please leave the information in a comment below so that people can see a magnificent Dawn redwood in person.

Dawn redwood seedlings and cones

Dawn redwood seedlings and cones

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Comments

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on April 25, 2017:

Hi Kurt - hope you've got plenty of space. Those trees get so big! Mine is just gorgeous and I have given away several of it's "babies."

kurteye on April 22, 2017:

Hi Dolores. I am in stillwater NJ and just got 2 3 ft dawn redwoods. I am curious how your redwood is doing today??

thanks Kurt

J Ferguson on February 28, 2016:

A couple of rather large ones can be found on Green Lake in Seattle.

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on November 08, 2013:

Leslie - thanks for the input!

Martha - any tree roots that are close to the house may be a problem. Roots can damage your foundation!

martha on November 06, 2013:

Hi, I live in SC and have a "Carolina Redwood" 15 yrs old. Roots headed towards house. Will this be a foundation problem?

Leslie on August 09, 2013:

Great article. You can also see 30 year old specimens at Deep Cut Park, Middletown, N.J. (Monmouth County Park System)

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on April 23, 2012:

John - what a surprise! That sounds so beautiful - seeing those noble trees in such an urban setting - certain trees seem magical to me, and Dawn Redwood tops the bill. Thank you so much for your input - hope the setting isn't too small. They grow pretty big!

John on April 22, 2012:

FYI, in addition to the Dawn Redwoods in the Bronx Botanical Gardens, I found a group of them in midtown Manhattan.

They are in a small passageway between 45th and 46th streets, near 6th avenue. There are some office buildings with a little outdoor seating area, and the redwoods are there, right outside a small 9/11 memorial monument.

So, in detail, if you are on 6th avenue, walking south toward downtown, you come to 46th street, take a left onto 46th, immediately you will see a pedestrian passage up ahead on the right that cuts through to 45th street.

The redwoods are in that outdoor passageway. You can't see them from 6th, or 45th, but you can see them from 46th.

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on December 13, 2011:

Debbie - thank you. I love to see a stand of Dawn Redwood. Those beautiful trunks and the soft foliage seem almost magical to me.

Sunny - thank you. I love to visit botanical gardens.

Jana - thank you! I have started a mini grove in my yard, hoping to give the young trees away. But something bit all the tops off! Don't know what will happen next year, but we will see!

Jana Davis on December 12, 2011:

There is a grove of Dawn Redwoods in the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx, right next to the Bronx Zoo. They are magical and beautiful. I took a cone home that I picked up from the ground and planted a seed about 3-4 weeks ago in the same pot as my baby Giant Sequoia, who is about 5.5 inches tall and named Rooti:)I guess I'm starting my own old growth forest. They'll hopefully be around for many lifetimes. I hope to have a place for them before they're too big for me to have in a pot. Otherwise they'll go live with their brothers and sisters in one of the beautiful Redwood forests here in California.

Sunny on November 27, 2011:

There is a Dawn Redwood at the botanical gardens at the locks in Seattle, Washington (Ballard district)!

Debbie Barrett on November 09, 2011:

We have a great place near the Germantown area of Philadelphia, PA with a beautiful stand of Dawn Redwood, called Morris Arboritum. It's on Northwestern Ave. near Germantown Ave.

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on October 03, 2011:

ktaul - ooh that will be beautiful. I wish I had room for something like that. I do have a bit of a problem with planting things too close together. 15 feet seems good though. Thanks.

cooguy101 - thank you. I so appreciate the input of kind people like who. This way, those interested in the Dawn Redwood can see one up close and personal.

coolguy101 on October 01, 2011:

There in one in Milwaukee Wisconsin in the Boerner Botanical Gardens

ktaul on October 01, 2011:

Purchased 4 small dawn redwood trees and am thinking about planting 3 of them in a small grove but not sure if that is a good idea. If so, then how far apart? Maybe 15 ft apart in a triangle?

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on September 26, 2011:

Chris - it's easy to get the whole root system on a very young tree. Root system will be no larger than tree. Just dig a lot, take some of the surrounding soil so you don't rip up the little hairy roots. Maybe the nursery guy said 10 feet a year, haha.

john - i love mine. just don't plant yours too close to the house like Chris and actually like me. but it's too late for me. last hurricane had me worried and i made my son sleep downstairs.

john on September 26, 2011:

Planted two this spring and alredy 3 to 4 foot tall, from 18in.in potts but going to 8ac. in wv.this coming spring.cool tree and cool posts. Thanks

Chris Thom on September 25, 2011:

We just discovered we have a 2 yr. Old Dawn Redwood...planted touching our house and must move it...What happens if we don't get the entire root system out?? Will it die???

The nursery who sold it, said it would only grown 10 feet...WRONG....

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on July 04, 2011:

Roger - thank you so much for adding your info! Planted in 1953, the tree must be quite large now!

Roger Griffith on July 01, 2011:

We have a specimen planted in 1953 as a sapling - Spier's School, Beith, Ayrshire, Scotland.

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on June 07, 2011:

Rick - thank you. I have a little Dawn Redwood nursery in my yard with a bunch of them lined up - they are so pretty. Hoping to find them good homes. I can't bear to pull up a young tree like a weed.

Rick Ingersoll on June 05, 2011:

I planted 25 Dawn Redwoods in Wasilla Alaska last Friday, they were 1 ft tall, they already have 1 inch branches coming out! I can't wait to see how fast they grow here in zone 4a. I read that they found fossils of the Dawn Redwoods in Alaska. http://www.uafnews.com/featured/rock-redwoods-in-s...

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on February 01, 2011:

Joe - wow. That is so cool! I love it how people have chimed in and shared places to go to see a mature Dawn Redwood. I so appreciate that! Thank you.

Joe Hare on January 30, 2011:

Local historian says the Dawn Redwood growing in the Traymore development (former Maurice Saul estate) in Rose Valley, PA was from the original batch of seeds sent to Harvard Arnold Arboritum. It stands over 90 feet tall.

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on December 17, 2010:

Photography - Longstreet Farms sounds like a beautiful place - and going fishing is so much fun! Thanks for the input! I appreciate it!

Photography7777 from FL on December 16, 2010:

I think I remember that 'Longstreet Farms' in East New Jersey has two of them there. It's a park you can walk through and also go fishing at. The Dawn Redwoods are pretty tall there.

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on November 26, 2010:

Ryan - thank you so much for adding to this article in case someone in your area would like to see a few Dawn Redwoods.

Ryan on November 26, 2010:

I am pretty sure there are three or four Dawn Redwood growing at the entrance to Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus, in Portland Oregon.

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on November 14, 2010:

Silver - thank you. And now with the needles all turned bronze, it looks just wonderful.

Silver Poet from the computer of a midwestern American writer on November 13, 2010:

What a beautiful picture of a beautiful tree!

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on October 23, 2010:

Carolyn - leaving the bottom branches on a young Dawn Redwood allows the lower trunk to widen and creates those deep ripples (for the faeries to hide in).

Carolyn on October 19, 2010:

I have one in my yard that we bought bare-root from Fedco Trees/Seeds about 10 years ago for 10 or 20 bucks. Fast growing and lovely. There is a huge beauty at Thuja Garden in Northeast Harbor, Maine, as well as several in a local park near my home in Portland Maine. Found your site in a search about whether to limb bottom branches.

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on October 06, 2010:

Thank you, Leonard! I appreciate your input!

Leonard Brecken on October 05, 2010:

I live in Short Hills NJ on Hartshorn Drive. Believe it or not we have 2 100 foot dawn redwoods on my block and I just planted a seedling 3/10 on my lawn which went form 2 ft to 6 ft in one year as of 10/10. Further there is another large tree in New Providence NJ on Springfield ave as well.

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on September 24, 2010:

Danny - you are so right about feeling the spirit of a tree. I have always felt safe and cheerful when surrounded by trees. But I don't think I will be able to wait 4 hundred years to see how my Dawn Redwood turns out, haha.

Danny Lee Graham from Zephyr ,Texas , near Brownwood ,Texas on September 23, 2010:

I love trees , especially the older ones .

4 and 5 hundred years , they really began to develop personality , vast shady slow thinking minds , the true children of the earth .

Sit with one for a few hours and feel their selves.

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on August 17, 2010:

Liz - better move it soon before it's too big to move. They grow pretty fast!

Liz on August 16, 2010:

beccas90, I have one in Z5 in the Catskills in New York. It's growing like crazy - I have to try to move it.

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on August 16, 2010:

Brenda - I have wanted to visit the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, they look so beautiful! Thanks for the recommendation!

Brenda on August 15, 2010:

There are 2 Metasequoia glyptostroboides Dawn Redwoods in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Brooklyn New York. They are gorgeous!!!

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on May 24, 2010:

Granny - not to mention the wonderful smell. Of course the Dawn redwood is not evergreen. I sure would like some pines around my house too. Thanks!

Granny's House from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time on May 23, 2010:

I plant pine trees because they stay green year round. Great story.

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on March 26, 2010:

Thanks, Michael!

Michael Shane from Gadsden, Alabama on March 25, 2010:

Loved the hub!

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on February 02, 2010:

Dick, Dawn Redwood roots grow sort of like the tree, it's a deep, long root, I think. I moved a 10 crepe myrtle last year and it did great. We dug it up in late winter or very early spring before it leafed out and took up a HUGE chunk of earth. I love the idea that you want to take it with you. It sounds a little crazy - so crazy it just might work!

Dick Gray on February 01, 2010:

How about the roots? Do they spread out, or down. I have one about 8 foot tall and need to move it to my new house. Any ideas?

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on January 26, 2010:

peacenhim - well I didn't either until some kind person pointed this out to me right here on the hub so I fixed it. Thanks for stopping by and visiting my hub!

peacenhim on January 23, 2010:

Lovely tree!! I learned something new, which is what makes Hubs so great! Didn't know the Dawn redwood was monoecious. Fascinating!

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on December 14, 2009:

Emily - mine is way too close to the house too. If your tree is 6 or 7 feet tall, you can transplant it in early spring - if you have some helpers. Or, if you are uphill from the tree, well, if it falls, won't it fall downhill? Thanks for commenting!

Emily E on December 13, 2009:

I have a Dawn Redwood in the front of my house. It is beautiful, and the perfect size now. I'm concerned that it is planted too close to my house, and will disrupt foundation, sewer etc. I bought the house 5 yrs ago. and it was here. I am on an uphill, and wonder if a limited space will inhibit it's growth to a manageable size. There is one a few blocks away at a cemetery that is huge, and got me concerned.

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on November 16, 2009:

beccas - New York? I guess it depends on where in New York that you live. Upstate NY gets so cold so early, I don't know. But there is not much of a climate difference between lower NY and New Jersey is there? And they grow in NJ. Thanks for stopping by!

beccas90 from New York on November 15, 2009:

Dolores - do you know if they like the New York climate? Fascinating hub, many thanks for it.

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on November 15, 2009:

Ben - Someday I'll go see the John Muir woods, see the really big trees. But, meanwhile, I got my own little redwood. Well, maybe not little. But they are magical trees. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Ben Zoltak from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA on November 15, 2009:

Also, your husband is an understanding guy.

Ben Zoltak from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA on November 14, 2009:

I have been madly in love with all things redwood since visiting the John Muir woods in California years ago. I have bought over a dozen saplings as gifts for my "homeowner" friends and family, one person was able to grow them for two years, then those perished, same with all the others. I'm so glad to see you've had success, and thanks for the education on another species! Some day if my meditations and prayers and hard work is answered, I plan to own property, and you can be sure there'll be some sort of species of redwood there!

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on October 21, 2009:

juneaukid - how I would love to visit the Muir Woods. It would be like a pilgrimidge. Someday....Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Richard Francis Fleck from Denver, Colorado on October 21, 2009:

This is a fascinating article, Dolores. I've not seen them except in pictures. Of course, being a westerner, I have visited and hiked through redwood groves like the Muir Woods in California. In Colorado there are fossilized 50 million-year old redwoods at Florissant Park west of Colorado Springs. Some of the petrified trunks rise some twenty feet high--just stumps, mind you.

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on October 02, 2009:

Thanks, Tips, I'm glad you liked the hub and I sure appreciate that you took the time to comment.

Home Gardening Tips on October 01, 2009:

i really like your post and research you made in this topic. keep it up

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on July 27, 2009:

Pam, they grow pretty fast and pretty big. We planted ours about 18 years ago, a bit too close to the house to make sense. But it's one beautiful tree. I've seen them planted in mini-groves, 3 trees close by each other and it is quite a sight. Make sure you do not remove the bottom branches, allow branches to grow close to the ground for that rippled affect. Good luck and thanks for commenting !

pgrundy on July 26, 2009:

Fantastic! I want one of these now. I really do. I wonder if they would bother our apple trees? We have an acre, so I should be able to plant one far enough away that it wouldn't matter. Sorry I missed this!

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on July 20, 2009:

DA Hanks, I am honored by your interest in my hub. I love the beautiful dawn redwoods and admire your goal to create a habitat for a dawn redwood forest. Thank you!

D.A. Hänks on July 18, 2009:

Patrick, if the tips of your leaves turned a rusty/bronzy color sometime in the spring, it is due to frost nip. If they are actually yellowish-brown and falling off, then it is from a lack of water.

I have a lot of people contact me in a panic every year, that the leaves are turning red or brown on their tree(s), and those that send a pic usually just have frost bronzing. It's very easy to identify.

Dolores, I forgot to thank you for the link to CRDRP. It is appreciated. :-)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 15, 2009:

Beautiful tree and the bark is especially interesting. Thanks for this article.

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on June 10, 2009:

Well, Olive, dear, I've had two saplings and will have more in the future and you are welcome to one.

bgamall - Someday. I've been to beautiful California 2x and would love to go see the Big Trees. Check out the book by Julia Butterfly Hill (did I mention her earlier?) who came to fame during a brave tree-sit and speaks of her first visit to a redwood forest as a spiritual awakening.

Patrick, I think the Dawn redwoods like a lot of water. If you live in a dry area of the country, you might want to water it copiously. I hope you watered a lot the first year. Mine sits in a spot in the yard that floods after a rain so seems very happy with tons of water in the spring.

Patrick on June 10, 2009:

I planted mine last fall. It seems to be doing well, however I have noticed the tip of some of the leavs are turning brown. Any ideas...should I be worried?

Gary Anderson from Las Vegas, Nevada on June 10, 2009:

What a great hub. They grow so fast. I have seen the biggest tree in the world, the General Sherman tree in Sequioa national park. And I have seen some of the tallest trees in the world, Sonoma redwoods near the coast. A coastal redwood somewhere north of that is the tallest tree in the world.

I hope you have a chance to see them because they are quite remarkable, with the General Sherman tree being 25 feet in diameter and over 100 feed round at the base.

OliveP on June 10, 2009:

Enjoyed your article on the Dawn Redwood. I've got the space in my yard for one. It would sure make a nice addition to the family.

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on June 09, 2009:

Swetie Pie, thanks for your comments. It's great to have you stop by.

D.A. Hanks, I certainly appreciate your reading and commenting on my hub. I read that Dawn Redwoods are either male or female on one website. I must give a good long look at the tree in August, that is really interesting. Whoo, better change the hubs as I'm sure you know what you are talking about way more so than I. I just don't remember seeing the strobili in past years. But we don't always see what's right in front of our noses. Darn, I liked the idea that my tree had a boyfriend.

D.A. Hänks on June 09, 2009:

Hello there-

I am the founder of the Crescent Ridge Dawn Redwoods Preserve, and the reason your tree has seedlings, is because the tree is monoecious; that is, both male and female cones appear on the same tree. The male cones, or strobili, appear as strands of green pearls on the ends of lower branches, in August. If anyone has any further questions, please feel free to email me though the website.

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on June 08, 2009:

I agree climate change is worldwide.

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on June 08, 2009:

SweetiePie - People experiene a cool dday in June and say - oh see, there is no climate change, but it's bigger than local. One should check out ice melt, late freezes up north, and global temperature increases. 3 degrees can make a big difference if it's 3 degrees above or below zero F.

JonD - gee thanks a lot, will check it out and post it in a link!

Jon D on June 07, 2009:

a 30 tree plot of dawn redwoods can be found at the OARDC in Wooster, Ohio. http://www.skidmore.edu/gis/research/metasequoia/S... link will takes u to history of this historic tree in my home town.

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on June 07, 2009:

We were sad about the fires to, but climate change and the bark beetle lead to dry conditions and fires. That is why it irritates me when people say there is not evidence of climate change as obiviously they have never spent an extended amount of time in certain parts of the United States anyway.

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on June 07, 2009:

Thanks for commenting, Mick. I've attempted bonsai, had a lovely beech tree, the branches perfect but when we went away the stupid kid across the street forgot ot water it and so when we got back - dead bonsai beech tree.

MickS from March, Cambridgeshire, England on June 07, 2009:

Watcha Dolores,

well constructed article. It's sad that these giants are threatened, at home we can all grow them, as bonsai if our gardens aren't big enough.

best Mick

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on June 06, 2009:

Thank you, Frieda, yes, now we'll have all those little redwoods to think of what to do with, if the rabbits don't eat them.

prasetio, I am glad you enjoyed my hub, and it is a fabuous tree.

SweetiePie, thank you for visiting. That's a shame about the burnt trees, all trees are prescious but the loss of a very old tree is a tragedy.

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on June 05, 2009:

We even have some tall red wood and sequoias here in Southern California mountains. Unfortunately some of the taller ones burned in the recent fires, which makes me sad.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on June 05, 2009:

great tree, I never found it in my region.thanks for share

Frieda Babbley from Saint Louis, MO on June 05, 2009:

WOW Amazing article, Dolores. I want one. Nice that yours has a boyfriend!

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on June 05, 2009:

Thank you, Tatjana, it surely is a beautiful tree. Some of them have huge, wide trunks when the lower branches are left on, very cool deep boles.

Tatjana-Mihaela from Zadar, CROATIA on June 04, 2009:

What a beautiful tree...and great topic of your great Hub.

Thanks...

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on June 04, 2009:

Nancy, I love pine too and wanted a white pine but thought it was too big....there is nothing like a big tree for shade, it's dense shade and can feel 10 degrees cooler in the summer.

C, me too. I'd love to visit the big trees. There is a book by Julia Butterfly Hill that really takes you into the redwood forest on a spiritual journey.

Thanks for commenting, Nancy and C, I really appreciate it.

C.Ferreira from Rutland, VT on June 04, 2009:

What an awesome tree. I'm an Easterner longing to get out to the west coast to see those mammoth trees! Great Hub! Thanks.

Nancy's Niche on June 04, 2009:

WOW! Now that's a tree that grows and shades. I love tree's---especially pine....

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