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Wildflower Watch: Stunning deciduous redwood can be found in Ross

A dawn redwood shows its fall colors at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross.

We are fortunate, indeed, to have a colorful, stunning example of a living fossil species —the dawn redwood tree. It is deciduous, while other redwoods do not drop their leaves and needles or turn colors.

A visual feast of autumn-red needles on this tree awaits you at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross. Enter through the main black iron gate and walk on the path toward the nearby white gazebo. Look to the right of the gazebo, and there it is.

You will be looking at the dawn redwood, an endangered conifer. It is the sole living species of the genus Metasequoia, one of three genres in the subfamily Sequoioideae of the family Cupressaceae.

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