Just curious, I bought a house in massachusetts three
years ago. There is a very interesting tree that I have been trying to
research since that time. The tree is app. 100 feet tall, almost cedar
looking bark (greyish red). The tree looses it's fern like leaves in the
winter. The closest resemblence I can find is The Dawn Redwood. Is it
possible for this to be accurate and this tall. I know it is a rare tree
brought to this country from china.
Yes, it is likely a Metasequoia:
Anthony R. Brach
Sounds possibly like a baldcypress to me, though this would be north of the
natural range. (I have planted one here in Pennsylvania in an area a bit far
north also of the natural range). You may have seen photos of the tree in
the wet areas of the south with "knees" which rise out of the water. Since
the tree sounds mature, you should be able to locate 'cones' from the tree.
This would lead you to a certain identification. Good luck!
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