The Dawn Redwood or Metasequoia is a relatively recent arrival in the US, coming from China where it was first discovered in 1941. Called 'Water Fir' by the Chinese, Metasequoia glyptostroboides is a deciduous conifer with great tolerance for both wet and dry sites. Its growth habit is rapid and vertical, necessitating almost no pruning or staking. As this lovely large tree grows, interesting depressions appear in the bark whenever branches have dropped off. The foliage is a lovely feathery green in spring and summer, making a tan carpet in fall when it drops.