Featured "wild"life: Dawn Redwood
Arden Arcade has a lot of deciduous trees that grace the area with showy fall color each Autumn. One such species is the Metasequoia glyptostroboides, or Dawn Redwood. It's a tree with bark and foliage that resemble a coast redwood. Unlike our native Sequoias, however, it sheds its leaves in the fall. Once thought to be an extinct relic of the Mesozoic Era, the Dawn Redwood was "discovered" growing in its native China in the 1940s. Since then it has become an ornamental tree, though it remains endangered in the wild. While it grows best in wet locations, it can be grown in our climate zone under the right conditions. Dawn redwoods can be seen in the Capitol Parks of both California and Oregon -- or in Arden Arcade neighborhoods.