The Trees at the Promenade Museum
The Chinese Sequoia
It is also called Sichuan Metasequoia, and in English commonly called: dawn redwood, dinosaur-age tree, living fossil, water fir
It is an essence of light.
The Chinese Sequoia originates from ... China! ... where it was discovered in 1943.
It can reach 50m in height. Its leaves are not needle-like or scaly like most conifers. They are flexible and take on a beautiful copper colour in autumn before falling. The Metasequoia has the privilege of being one of the rare deciduous conifers, such as the Larch and the Bald Cypress (or Swamp Cypress).
Threatened in its natural environment (the Chinese provinces of Hubei, Hunan and Sichuan), the Chinese Sequoia is now fairly widespread in the world but still remains quite rare in France.
Metasequoia glyptostroboides Hu & W.C. Cheng
Chinese Sequoia or Dawn Redwood