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These two Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) sit on the edge of a car park adjacent to the Physic Garden.

The Physic Garden is a small plot, just over a quarter of an acre, that is freely open to the public. It was given to Hampshire Gardens Trust in 1988 by Major John Bowen and is partly laid out with beds of herbs in a formal geometric pattern typical of 17th century physic gardens. These were used by early Apothecarists to grow medicinal plants.

In October 2008 The Petersfield Post covered a debate about the identity of these two trees. Someone had, mistakenly I believe, claimed that they were Swamp Cyprus. The fact that the tiny leaves are in opposing pairs rather than alternately spaced along the stem differentiate the Dawn Redwood from the Swamp Cyprus. Both are deciduous pines which is why they are often confused. The article includes a quote from the Petersfield Physic Garden who also believe that the pair are indeed Dawn Redwood. They also confirmed that the trees "were planted in the early 1950s by Major Bowen and they officially became part of the Physic Garden in March 1988."

Common Names and Latin Name No. Latitude and Longitude OS National Grid Elevation
(above sea-level)
Height Girth Date Measured
Dawn Redwood
Metasequoia glyptostroboides
1 N51.00488
SU 74776 23372 199ft
-- 2.83m September 2007
2 N51.00485
SU 74780 23368 192ft
-- 2.77m September 2007
Girth was measured at 1.5m from ground.

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