Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Gold Rush'
Common name: 
Gold Rush Dawn Redwood
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'Golden Oji'
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Deciduous conifer, tree, grows somewhat slower than the species, bright yellow foliage in spring and retains much of the color throughout the summer; in autumn needles turn an orange-brown before they fall.
  • Sun.  Easy to transplant, performs best in moist, well-drained, slightly acid soils
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 5     
  • The following is from the Amerian Conifer Society.  "This cultivar originated in 1974 in Japan as a seedling selected from a batch of X-ray irradiated seed by the New Oji Paper Company. The original tree was planted in 1977 at the Kameyama breeding station, Institute for Forest Tree Improvement, New Oji Paper Co., Ltd, Mie, Japan. This plant has a very long and confusing saga pertaining to its proper nomenclature. Its original Japanese name was 'Ogon' which translates to "gold bullion" or "gold coin". With this definition, the name 'Ogon' is the valid cultivar name.   In 1993, Pieter Zwijnenburg Jr., Boskoop, The Netherlands got the first propagation material directly from Japan and renamed it 'Goldrush' and began distributing it under that name in 1997. Around that same time, Larry Stanley & Sons nursery, Boring Oregon received it and starting distributing it under the name 'Gold Rush,' which to this day is the most commonly seen misspelling.  In 1995, New Oji Paper Company applied for a U.S. patent for this tree under the name, 'Golden Oji.' As it became aware that the plant was already circulating with a couple of different cultivar names, the patent was soon withdrawn. It is also occasionally seen listed as 'Golden Mantle.' Regardless, since 'Ogon' is the original recorded cultivar name that is the only one considered valid."
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: NE of Community Hall, toward 15th St.
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  • plant habit

    plant habit

  • plant habit

    plant habit

  • foliage


  • branchlets, needles

    branchlets, needles

  • spring branchlet/needles, comparison

    spring branchlet/needles, comparison