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Gold Rush Dawn Redwood

Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Gold Rush'

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Gold Rush Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Gold Rush') at Arbor Farms Nursery

Gold Rush Dawn Redwood

Gold Rush Dawn Redwood

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Gold Rush Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Gold Rush') at Arbor Farms Nursery

Gold Rush Dawn Redwood foliage

Gold Rush Dawn Redwood foliage

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Height:  50 feet

Spread:  25 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5


An interesting deciduous conifer variety with a very delicate, ferny appearance and a pyramidal form; shaggy, attractive reddish bark; breathtaking yellow-chartreuse foliage changes to a deep golden fall color, makes a stunning color accent tree

Ornamental Features

Gold Rush Dawn Redwood is primarily valued in the landscape for its distinctively pyramidal habit of growth. It has attractive chartreuse deciduous foliage which emerges yellow in spring. The ferny bipinnately compound leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding gold in the fall. The peeling antique red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Gold Rush Dawn Redwood is an open deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Gold Rush Dawn Redwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Gold Rush Dawn Redwood will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 100 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Shade  Articulation 
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features