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PlantFiles: Dawn Redwood
Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Goldrush'

Family: Cupressaceae (koo-press-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Metasequoia (met-uh-see-KWOY-uh) (Info)
Species: glyptostroboides (glip-toh-stroh-BOY-deez) (Info)
Cultivar: Goldrush
Additional cultivar information: (aka Gold Rush, Ogon)

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over 40 ft. (12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From hardwood heel cuttings
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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7 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive AAbels On Oct 30, 2014, AAbels from Brewster, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I bought this tree a few years after buying a much larger dawn redwood (straight species). The contrast between the two is striking. The dawn redwood (straight species) grows much faster than ‘Gold Rush’ ‘Gold Rush’ is predictably a mix of yellow and chartreuse in the spring and summer. In autumn, my ‘Gold Rush’ begins changing color at least three weeks after the straight species. The normal change from green to orange-red combines with the yellow to make ‘Gold Rush’ much brighter than the straight species in the fall too.

Positive NCMstGardener On Sep 14, 2010, NCMstGardener from Columbus, NC wrote:

This is a "Wow!" plant. The young trees like afternoon shade here in zone 7b. Ours has grown about 4 feet per year and is now 25-30 feet tall. A Bald Cypress would have also worked at our site but the rapid grown rate of the young Dawn Redwood as well as the great color of this cultivar led to this selection. We expect growth to slow as the tree continues to mature.
On the down side, the Japanese Beetles also love this tree. I control with a drench of imidacloprid (Merit). I think as the tree matures, I can discontinue treatment. Remember to read the labels on any pesticide that you consider using.

Positive BlackDogKurt On Sep 6, 2008, BlackDogKurt from Seymour, CT wrote:

Very stunning to be sure. We just planted one earlier this spring and it has easily grown well over a foot just this summer! The leaves are a very bright charteuse that contrast great with the bark and that really stands out in the landscape. Ours is planted in full sun in relatively rich soil, that we keep somewhat acidic, and that we water deeply a couple of times a week unless it rains. The needles are noticeably darker green on the north side of the tree and has just a touch of sun scorch on the needles facing the south side, but nothing too obvious or serious.

Positive victorgardener On Jul 10, 2007, victorgardener from Lower Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Breathtaking tree! Gorgeous soft, feathery needles that maintain their color throughout the Summer. Beautiful cinnamon colored bark begins to exfoliate at an early age. Needles turn an interesting wheat color before falling off. It will be the center of attention in your garden.

Positive conifers On Mar 7, 2006, conifers from Rock Island, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

A golden form of Dawn Redwood growing at the rate of 2/3 the species.

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I have a friend successfully growing it exposed in Zone 4a Minnesota.

Positive edgeworthia On Jun 2, 2004, edgeworthia from Garner, NC wrote:

also known in trade as "ogon."
plan ahead...can reach 100 feet.
amazing plant. great contrast with chartreuse leaves and dark bark.

Positive stevenova On Jul 19, 2003, stevenova from Newcastle
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

A beautiful new introduction with gold foliage throughout the Summer. Moist soil is a necessity for this plant to grow properly.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

East Haddam, Connecticut
Seymour, Connecticut
Stamford, Connecticut
Lagrange, Georgia
Rock Island, Illinois
Brewster, New York
Cary, North Carolina
Columbus, North Carolina
Garner, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Ardmore, Oklahoma
Conway, South Carolina
Lexington, Virginia
Puyallup, Washington
Seattle, Washington

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