|Dawn Redwood, Metasequoia glyptostroboides, in winter.|
|Phipps has a pair of Metasequoias; this one is on the left as you face the conservatory. The area around it is designed as summer borders with daylilies and ornamental grasses, so it has little winter interest past this amazing tree.|
|The mature height of a Dawn Redwood tree is thought to be 100 feet, though there are very few old specimens in cultivation. Some of the oldest known Metasequoias in China reach 160 feet. Longwood Gardens contains one that is a bit older than these at Phipps, and is therefore a bit taller. Metasequoia is considered a fast growing tree.|
|The red-tint of the left over needles comes through when it is seen just above the red Christmas decor on the entrance railing. This is the tree on the right.|
|Parting view of the Metasequoia at Phipps.|
To see photos of these trees with all of their needles on, see Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides).