Could this be a Redwood Tree??

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Could this be a Redwood Tree??

Postby Misty Fields » Mon Sep 01, 2008 9:01 pm

Can anyone help me with naming this little tree, I am thinking it may be a Redwood but not real sure as the foliage looks the same as a swamp cypress.
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Re: Could this be a Redwood Tree??

Postby taffyman » Mon Sep 01, 2008 9:35 pm

I think you might be right with your first choice Misty.
Swamp Cypress (Taxodium Distichum) has mainly alternate branching - in fact almost spiralling along the branches.
Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia) has mainly opposite branching - which does look more like yours.
Up here, my Dawn Redwood doesn't lose it's leaves in the winter, but the Swamp Cypresses do - they go a beautiful red colour before falling off.
Hope this is some help.
The three pics below are: Swamp Cypress, Metasequoia Occidentalis and Metasequoia Glyptostroboides:

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Re: Could this be a Redwood Tree??

Postby guzzigirl » Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:21 am

How course are those leaves/needles? Reminds me a bit of a Bunya Pine.

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Re: Could this be a Redwood Tree??

Postby taffyman » Tue Sep 02, 2008 4:19 pm

You've got a good point there GG - it could be as well!
Misty, do you still have the full size photos. If you do, let me know and I'll send you my email address if you'd be kind enough to send them to me.
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Re: Could this be a Redwood Tree??

Postby littlegarden » Tue Sep 02, 2008 4:25 pm

Don't think it's a Bunya...the needles of the Bunya vary a lot more in width and length than the alleged redwood. The Bunya also seems to have smoother, almost softer-looking needles whereas the first seedling there seems to have grooves down the middle of the needles.
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Re: Could this be a Redwood Tree??

Postby Misty Fields » Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:25 pm

Thanks everyone for the help. :?
Yes Taffy I have three shots and I can send them if you want.
I collected them from around the the mother tree as little seedlings last year (Mum was a bigggg tree) and thought they might make good little trainers for some bonsai the foliage was so fine and feathery really lovely.
I think they are evergreen as they didnt loose their leaves although one went a little brown on the tips which I thought may have been the frost.
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Re: Could this be a Redwood Tree??

Postby guzzigirl » Wed Sep 03, 2008 12:14 pm

fine and feathery leaves sound more like redwood, but they are deciduous. If you can give the actual size of the leaf or a photo of a coin or something next to it for comparison it would help with identification.
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Re: Could this be a Redwood Tree??

Postby Misty Fields » Wed Sep 03, 2008 6:10 pm

I have solved the mystery tree. :D It appears to be a Dawn Redwood, I went for a visit to the Tasmanian Bonsai Centre today and solved the riddle, the bonsai specialist there was most helpful, and I can thoroughly recomend a visit to anyone who is here is Tasmania, it was a truely wonderful experience and I came home full of insperation (Y) They carry a nice stock of bonsai pots and accessories as well.
I came away a lot lighter in my purse but it was well worth the trip and I cant wait to get back there again already...
Thanks everyone for your help it had me puzzled.
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Re: Could this be a Redwood Tree??

Postby lmrk » Thu Sep 04, 2008 8:24 am

Very nice tree Misty and congratulations of your research success!!! (Y)
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Re: Could this be a Redwood Tree??

Postby alpinebonsart » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:57 pm

Misty Fields wrote:Can anyone help me with naming this little tree, I am thinking it may be a Redwood but not real sure as the foliage looks the same as a swamp cypress.
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Hi MIsty , just thought i would give my opinion on your tree . It is a sequoia Sempervirens or Coast - Coastal Redwood , the foliage fools many who are not familar with this tree.Dawn Redwood is deciduous in all areas as is the Bald cypress {Taxodium} the foliage on the Bald Cypress is the same as a Coast redwood , the leaf nodes are staggered but the Dawn redwood has leaf nodes in pairs . Not all experts are correct . I have in my collection over 350 Dawn , Coast and Gigantica Redwoods The foliage turns yellow then orange and eventually falls after about 5-8 years or becomes a branch which i turn will fall after many years. Bald Cypress also grace my collection . Take a peek at my blog.
http://alpinebonsart.blogspot.com . Cheers Ian
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Re: Could this be a Redwood Tree??

Postby Misty Fields » Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:26 pm

Thanks for putting me on the right track Ian I think you are right about my tree being a Coastal Redwood, on further looking into the follage I can now see the difference I didn't know there were three diffenent types. :D
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Re: Could this be a Redwood Tree??

Postby alpinebonsart » Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:45 pm

Misty Fields wrote:Thanks for putting me on the right track Ian I think you are right about my tree being a Coastal Redwood, on further looking into the follage I can now see the difference I didn't know there were three diffenent types. :D


Hi Misty there is 3 main species and 5 sub species or cultivars that i know of .Included is the weeping , pendula and dwarf forms .Cheers Ian
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