n large fast-growing Chinese monoecious tree having flat bright-green deciduous leaves and small globular cones; commonly cultivated in United States as an ornamental; known as a fossil before being discovered in China
Plant Picks Dawn redwood adds interest to the landscape all year round. WHAT: Once known only from the fossil record, dawn redwood Metasequoia glyptostroboides) was discovered growing in China in 1941 by a Chinese forester. Only 1,500 trees remained of this plant, but seeds of it were sent around the world.
Sept. 6, 2013 - Everett Herald