Dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)
Long thought to be extinct yet common in the fossil record, this species was found living in a remote part of China in 1941 and is now available from nurseries. It is related to the redwoods of the West Coast. It is an unusual cone-bearing tree in that it loses its needle-like leaves in the fall.
To learn more about Dawn redwood, visit its profile at the USDA Plants Database