Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Gold Rush' / Trade name for M. g. 'Ogon'

Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Ogon' (Gold Rush) is a striking new addition to the extensive range of conifers supplied by specialist dwarf conifer grower, Lincluden Nursery of Bisley, Surrey, England. It was first reported by PLANTS at Chelsea Flower Show.

Originally raised in Japan, 'Gold Rush' is a beautiful new deciduous conifer that is easily identifiable by its bright gold feathery foliage. It was previously known as 'Golden Ogi' or 'Golden Mantle' in its native Japan, its name changed in around 1993, when Dutch horticulturist, Peter Zweinburg of Boskoop, The Netherlands obtained it and brought it into Europe for distribution under the new name of 'Gold Rush'. Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Gold Rush' is now available from a number of nurseries in Europe and regularly exported to the Far East and the United States. The stocks in the UK are being steadily built up through two primary methods of propagation, either by grafting or from cuttings, both of which have proved successful.

Although 'Gold Rush' appears to grow well in full sun, like many gold foliage plants it will probably benefit from partial shade. Regular watering is essential, as a moist open position is conductive to a healthy growth pattern. This normally means watering once a week, (when it hasn't rained). Although for the first few months after planting, even more frequent watering may be necessary. As a guide, water about 1" of water every week.

Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Ogon' (Gold Rush)
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Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Ogon' (Gold Rush) Close-up of foliage Example of the brilliant coloration of this cultivar.
Photo by Bill Barger