Plant ID forum→mystery tree in Pennsylvania with leaves like hemlock but very different bark

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Bucks County, PA
brimer
Jun 5, 2020 4:07 PM CST
I've tried many different tree ID tools, but haven't found a match for this tree in my neighborhood. I don't have much arboreal knowledge, so who knows if I even answered the questions correctly!

Even though I found this in my neighborhood in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, I don't think it is very common in this area at all. It's the only one I've ever seen.

Thanks for any help!

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Silversurfer
Jun 5, 2020 4:19 PM CST

Welcome to the forums!

Metasequoia glyptostroboides.....common name Dawn redwood.

They are deciduous conifers .....which bear cones...but are not evergreen...they lose their needles in winter.
A magnificent specimen.
One of my favourite trees.
This tree cannot be older than 79 years. It was thought to be extinct.
Brought into cultivation after 1941!!!!

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Quote wiki......
"In 1941, the genus Metasequoia was reported by paleobotanist Shigeru Miki as a widely distributed extinct genus based on fossils, before attracting considerable attention a few years later when small populations were found alive in central China. It is a particularly well-known example of a living fossil species."
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ViburnumValley
Jun 6, 2020 10:38 AM CST
Agree with Metasequoia glyptostroboides - and it is probably more common than you think.

It is among the fastest growing deciduous conifers, especially in the mild balmy climate of Bucks County, PA (hi, Doylestown!). Now that you know what you are looking at, watch for the very symmetrical and soft textured appearance of these tall trees. I suspect you will spot more of them around.

Here are a few I've known.

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John

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