Extinct Native Plants

We have included two living examples of trees that were native to the Pacific Northwest at the time of the dinosaurs but are extinct now. The dawn redwood was thought to be extinct everywhere until a stand was located in a remote part of China in the middle of the last century. Ginkgo Petrified Forest, discovered about the same time, lies about 100 miles east of here. Since these trees are no longer living in the area, we have placed them on the outskirts of the native garden.

Though the dawn redwood has needles and the ginkgo leaves, both turn color in the fall and lose their foliage.

Dawn Redwood Needles

Ginkgo leaves


Dawn Redwood, with Ponderosa Pine in Background