Braintree - Marshalls Park (Essex)
Swamp Cypress (Taxodium distichum) - August 2005
|Marshalls Park holds this example of Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides). Curiously though, although it has a typical, well-formed profile from one direction, viewed from the side it appears to be rather lacking in branches. Perhaps there were once other trees nearby.
* * * Update - November 2011 * * *
On a return visit to re-measure this tree, a closer inspection revealed that it is in fact a Swamp Cypress (Taxodium distichum). My excuse (if I need one) for the mistaken identity is that this was one of the first "Dawn Redwoods" to be found by Redwood World before we had become a little more astute at spotting the differences. Those differences do need a close-up look and the things to look for are that Swamp Cypress have leaves that are not alternately opposed, a trunk much less fluted and knarled, and a more overall feathery type appearance that probably accounted for the comment about the lack of branches in 2005.
|Common Names and Latin Name||Latitude and Longitude||OS National Grid||Elevation
|Swamp Cypress |
|TL 75221 22272||51ft |
|Girth was measured at 1.5m from ground.|