Finally, the mystery has been solved. What was that tree Charlie Brown
took home for Christmas?
During our travels on the Wooster CBC yesterday, Su Snyder, Marc Nolls and I may have stumbled on to the answer! While visiting some feeders and awaiting the return of Wooster's Pine Warbler
, I noted a conifer in the yard that looked like a giant Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.
This is one of the deciduous conifers, and if my guess is right, it is a Dawn Redwood, Metasequoia glyptostroboides.
I admit it would be difficult to tell without leaves or seeds to assess. However, I happen to know this property owner works at OSU ATI where Secrest Arboretum
has been promoting Dawn Redwood as a "native plant". Most would consider that a bit of a stretch, although they have been found in Ohio's fossil records. That is
going back a ways though. They certainly have not been native in recent history. In fact, Dawn Redwoods were not re-discovered by modern man until 1941; a small pocket of these trees remain growing wild in their native habitat in China. They are closely related to our Bald Cypress and Redwoods.
A beautiful species they are, especially in the summer- with their full complement of leaves. And whether you think they are native or not, they are an interesting tree. :)