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Dawn Redwood 'Goldrush'

Metasequoia glyptostroboides

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)



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:



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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone



Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Other details:

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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


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

East Haddam, Connecticut

Seymour, Connecticut

Stamford, Connecticut

Lagrange, Georgia

Frankfort, Illinois

New Lenox, Illinois

Rock Island, Illinois

Brewster, New York

Asheville, North Carolina

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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 15, 2016, Turgenev from Asheville, NC wrote:

Planted a 5 gallon 6 ft tall Ogon redwood last summer. One year in it has grown a little less than a foot taller. It's pretty, but partial shade seems to render the growth rate less robust and the needles more of a lime green. The tree is well fertilized and watered, so perhaps more time will produce the growth rates others write of. As an aside, I planted a bald cypress of simile size in the front yard around the same time. One year later the bald cypress is 11 feet tall and still growing. It's a freak and its rapid growth is appreciated in this more open area in need of eventual shading. Of course these two trees are related, and I might offer that sun exposure is central to their respective growth rates. Also note that since the Ogon cultivar of MG has less chlorophyll in its ne... read more


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

[See under species - (Metasequoia glytostroboides)]

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


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.


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.