Four Dawn Redwoods on the north side of the Lagoon Trail covered footbridge in Farmington, Utah.
The Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia Glyptostroboides) is a wonderful plant with a fascinating history.
It IS a true Redwood, but unlike most other conifers, the Dawn Redwood is deciduous, shedding its soft, fernlike needles in the fall. These specimens will probably leaf out again in a few weeks, judging by the buds. These trees once covered North America and Eurasia from 100 million years ago and onward, but vanished several million years ago. It was originally discovered as a fossil and though to be extinct until scientists found a relict population in China in the 1940’s.
It is a fast-growing species, adding 2-4 feet per year. Old growth specimens in China are 100-130 feet tall and 7 feet wide, but they probably haven’t reached their full potential. The remaining Dawn Redwoods in China aren’t in their ideal habitat, it’s too hot and the soil isn’t great. The true potential could be over 200 feet.
This species is rarely planted in Utah, but does well when it has lots of water. It’s great for riparian zones and ponds. Unlike Giant Sequoias, they do not need well-drained soil and can even grow in standing water. I hope more are planted soon!
Please consider joining my new Facebook group dedicated to Redwood species in Utah:
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Edit: actually, I need to check this, maybe it's a Dawn redwood?
Another find from yesterday's exploration of the UAlbany campus, a row of bald cypress trees (Taxodium distichum). This is one of relatively few deciduous conifers that grow around here, another is the golden larch (Pseudolarix amabilis), a row of which is planted just up the road from these bald cypress.
from buildings.fortmissoulamuseum.org: Sliderock Lookout 1930 - Manufactured in Columbia Falls in 1930, pre-packaged lookouts, similar to this lookout, were shipped throughout a four-state region for assembly on a tower or bare ground. This lookout was dismantled at its site 40 miles southeast of Missoula, atop Sliderock Mountain, and moved to the Museum in 1983 with the assistance from the Friends of the Historical Museum and the Missoula Chapter of the Society of American Foresters.
РУС 🇷🇺👇Bald cypress is also called "swamp", as it is native to swampy and wet areas of the south east US. The mature cypresses have an interesting peculiarity that really facinates me: their aerial roots, or "knees" that sometimes are found at a distance of several meters from the tree. There are 2 main theories explaining what they are for: to obtain oxigen from the air during the times of high water level, or to provide additional support for trees that grow in moist, unstable soils near water 🌲 Anyway, both of the theories haven't been completely proved yet🤔
У болотных кипарисов есть одна интересная особенность: взрослые деревья дают отростки боковых корней, растущие вертикально вверх и возвышающиеся над водой или почвой. Зрелище удивительное, тем более, что такие корни могут достигать значительной высоты 🤗 Некоторые учёные считают, что таким образом кипарисы, растущие в заболоченных местах, получают кислород для корневой системы, находящейся под водой. Согласно другой теории, таки корни нужны для придания дереву дополнительной устойчивости во влажной, рыхлой почве. Однозначного ответа пока нет! 🤗
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РУС🇷🇺👇I took first 3 pictures of these gorgeous bald cypresses (Taxodium distichum, 🇮🇹 Cipresso delle palude) in the end of November, when they had their fall copper orange needles on 😍This tree is one of the few deciduous conifers (hence its common name "bald"), and as you can see on the next pics, by now they are really bald, carpeting all around with soft needles ❤ It's a large and long-lived tree - up to 600 years and more! As a conifer, it is also cone-bearing, right now the cones are too soft and literally fall into pieces when in hand. And they don't resemble much most conifers' cones! For me, more like those of cypresses, unfortunately I don't have a picture to share..
Какие вы знаете хвойные деревья, сбрасывающие на зиму иголки? Я - лиственницу ) А еще этой осенью открыла для себя потрясающе красивый болотный кипарис. 😍 На первых фото - в конце ноября, в прекрасном осеннем одеянии, остальные - сейчас, когда иголки (на самом деле, сбрасываются целые веточки, это называется "ветвепад") покрывают ковром все вокруг🤗. Эти деревья - долгожители, 600 лет - солидный возраст! Как и положено хвойному дереву, образует шишки, мягкие и больше похожие на шишки кипариса - отсюда и название 😊
Photo @stephen_matera //Alpine Larch trees in their pre-autumn green beneath Tower Mountain, The Larch, sometimes called a Tamarack, is a deciduous conifer, meaning it has needles and cones, but the needles turn golden yellow in autumn and fall off for winter. I love The Larch in any color, or on Monty Python, but especially framed by sharp peaks and backlit at sunset. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Washington and around the world. #deciduousconifer#thelarch
This is a #Larch ( #Larix ) tree.... The only #DeciduousConifer in North America. They only grow to be 50' - 75' tall, and can live to be 200-300 years old. They also loose their needles in the fall unlike other Conifer trees (Spruce, Pine, hemlock) and regrow every spring. #ChunkFarm#Nature#Tree
| inktober day twenty two |
A big part of why I love this time of year is because of the changing larches. A deciduous conifer - that in itself is pretty neat. (#neature ) The other day on a bike ride where the trail was lined with larches, we talked about how the trees would hopefully light our way like light bulbs of the forest (it was pretty dark by the time we got off the trail). Maybe later I'll color this drawing in, but for now I'm sitting in a coffee shop without a yellow pen. P.S. drawing every day is proving to be pretty hard! Trying my best.