Q. Are there any giant redwood trees at NYBG?
Yes, there is a giant redwood, although it's not quite a giant yet. This Sequoiadendron giganteum, or giant redwood, stands right by the entrance to the Children's Garden. It's a very nice tree, but don’t expect to see a tree hundreds of feet tall. This one is a baby at about 15-20 feet, and it grows really really slooooowly.
But wait there's more...Behind the Sequoiadendron, by the fence that surrounds the Children's Garden, there is a Metasequoia glyptostroboides, or dawn redwood. Don’t confuse it with the bald-cypress (Taxodium distichum) just to the right of the dawn redwood. The redwood has opposite leaves and the bald-cypress has alternate leaves, but they look quite similar.
If you want to see even more, there is a small grove of dawn redwoods (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) in the Benenson Ornamental Conifer (BOC) collection. You'll find this collection on the far side of the Garden near the Nolen Greenhouse. When you find the entrance of the BOC, follow the path a short way until it splits. Veer left, and in several feet you will see the small grove on your right. It's next to the path, so it's easy to see.
If you are thinking of growing a redwood, you might want to consider the bald-cypress. It might be a better choice since it is native to the southeastern US. It can handle the hot summers here in the Northeast. The redwoods come from northern California, which is typically cooler.
Both trees are deciduous and become sort of coppery bronze in the fall. They both can grow to be very large trees with a very wide spread, so you will need to have a large property to accomodate either of them.
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- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service