NATIVE RANGE: China
DESCRIPTION: Tall (165 feet) deciduous conifer, bright green needle leaves that turn orange and fall off in winter, male and female cones on the same tree, iconic christmas tree profile
JEWELRY: Casts of the tiny female cones with dimpled wedges
LIVING FOSSILS: Once thought to have been extinct for millions of years, the dawn redwoods’ closest relatives are the redwoods on the Pacific Coast of North America. Rediscovered in a single forest in central China, they are now grown in arboretums worldwide as a preservation effort. These redwoods only reach about 165 feet high, where their giant cousins on the west coast of North America can reach over 300 feet.
DECIDUOUS CONIFERS: Much like the bald cypress, this tree isn’t an evergreen- its leaves turn orange and fall off before winter.