Opening day of the exhibit will include tree measuring activities and the planting of dawn redwood
seedlings, which visitors can also take home with them.
He said: "One of the issues is that there are not many dawn redwoods
of (great) age because they have only been imported from China since 1941.
Finding a dawn redwood is at least as remarkable as discovering a living dinosaur," Chaney was quoted then as saying.
Fossils of the dawn redwood are among the most common plant fossils in the state and are found west and east of the Cascades.
Now native only to China, the dawn redwood was the most common sequoia in North America during prehistoric times.
Since 1948, when seeds were obtained by the Arnold Arboretum in Massachusetts, the dawn redwood has been introduced to temperate regions on other continents, where it is grown as an ornamental and a street tree.
The ETF already has picked an initial list of trees for the honor, including a stand of 100-year-old to 250-year-old oaks on top of Gillespie Butte in north Eugene, a rare Dawn Redwood
on the University of Oregon campus, and an 87-foot-tall walnut tree at Ferry Street and East 11th Avenue.
From China two fossil trees: the dawn redwood
and the gingko, enduring and ancient beyond imagining yet amazingly at home on city streets.
In fact, we see fall needle drop carried to the extreme in larix (larch) and the dawn redwoods
(Metasequoia) that shed all their needles.
Boyd had the narrative nailed and after a few short hours among the dawn redwoods
and bald cypresses that provided a gorgeous, sun-filtered backdrop, we called it a wrap.
Get close to the dinosaurs in the company of dawn redwoods
, a tree that dates to prehistoric times and was thought to be extinct but found alive in China in the 1940s.
There are dragon pines from Japan and Scots pines from Europe, cypress from Central America, larches from Siberia, dawn redwoods
from central China.