Dawn Redwood

Arbor walk #73, Treekeeper ID #2196

The Dawn Redwood is considered a living fossil because it was only known due to the fossil remains from individuals that lived with the dinosaurs. It was not until the 1940’s that a small population was discovered in a remote valley of the Szechwan province of China. The Arnold Arboretum, partnering with Chinese botanists, brought the seeds to North America, and it has since become a widely planted tree.

This specific cultivar is named after Missouri Botanical Garden’s previous director Dr. Peter Raven and its founder Henry Shaw. The cultivar is different from normal Dawn Redwoods; it has a more pyramidal growth pattern, deeply furrowed bark, lower branching, has better resistance to common leaf-disease, and more.

Common NameDawn Redwood
Latin NameMetasequoia glyptostroboides
Indigenous Name(s)
Cultivar/Variety ‘Raven’
Commercial NameSHAW’S LEGACY