Notes from the Garden
Greenwood Gardens is
home to several stately Metasequoia glyptostroboides. Known
colloquially as dawn redwoods, the trees have a fascinating history. The
species was considered extinct and known only through fossil records found in
North America, Europe and East Asia until 1941 when a Chinese forester, T.
Kan, discovered a single tree growing in a remote valley in central China.
Additional specimens were subsequently found in the same valley. News of the
discovery created an international sensation and scientists from around the
globe rushed to see the trees in person. Elmer Merrill, Director of Harvard
University’s Arnold Arboretum, paid for the collection and shipment of
several bushels of metasequoia seeds. After securing a share for the
arboretum’s collections, he distributed seeds to botanic gardens, arboreta,
and universities around the world, helping to ensure the tree’s conservation
and introduction to both professional and amateur gardeners.
Greenwood Gardens, 274 Old Short Hills Rd., Short Hills, NJ 07078