Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Ogon' - Golden-leaved Dawn Redwood
Sorry, sold out for this year!Dawn redwoods are deciduous conifers, very similar in appearance to the southeastern US native Taxodium (bald cypress) and Sequoia (redwood). Fossilized specimens of Dawn Redwood are known and believed to be over 50 million years old (see photo below). It was first discovered in 1941 growing in the wild near the town of Modaoqi China. Seeds collected from the original site were sent to US botanical gardens in 1947, where many still exist today. Seedlings planted at the Missouri Botanical Garden in 1952 have now developed into large mature trees over 70 feet tall.
‘Ogon’ is a cultivar that features soft, feathery foliage that is golden-yellow during the summer, turning a beautiful rusty orange
in fall. While Ogon does become a large tree, it does not reach the lofty heights of 100+ feet reported for the species. You can expect 10-15 feet in the first 10 years and initially trees are fairly narrow. With age they develop magnificent buttressed trunks with peeling bark that exposes reddish brown layer underneath. The genus name meta refers to the changed or transformed nature of this tree and its near relative, the evergreen sequoia.
Although this cultivar is often sold as 'Gold Rush', the original name is 'Ogon', which means "golden" in Japanese.
Family: Cupressaceae (formerly Taxodiaceae) Change based on DNA analysis.
Hardiness Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Plant Height: 50 to 60 feet
Spread: 15 to 25 feet
Street Tree, Rain Garden
Tolerate: Deer, Clay Soil, Wet Soil, Air Pollution
This is a link to an interesting history of the discovery of living Metasequoia plants in the 1940's