#002 Dawn Redwood
(Metasequoia glyptostroboides)

This Dawn Redwood is said to have been planted by Dr. James Reed, a geography professor at Davidson College. It is believed that he planted the tree with the construction of the house on site in 1963. Interestingly, this was not the only Dawn Redwood that Dr. James Reed received. This tree has a sister tree on Davidson’s campus, which is included in our program as tree #044. These trees were planted at the same time. Dawn Redwoods grow well in Davidson since they are actually native to North America, although they died off on our continent a few million years ago but survived in Asia. They were reintroduced to North America following WWII.

Statistics (2020)

  • Circumference (In.): 90″
  • Height (Ft.): 97′
  • Avg. Crown Spread (Ft.): 50′
  • Diameter Breast Height (In.): 28.6
  • Total Points: 200

More Information

  • Year Recognized: 2020
  • Current condition: Good
  • Property Type: Private
  • Ecological Value: Dawn Redwoods are known for providing winter shelter for songbirds, deer, and small mammals. A Dawn Redwood of this size planted close to a home can reduce energy usage by 270kWh annually, which reduces summer cooling costs for homes. 1 kWh is equivalent to changing a smartphone for an entire month.