Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive

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This series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens is compiled by members of the Friends group and Gardens staff. We aim to build up to a comprehensive archive of trees in Belfast Botanic Gardens. Each article illustrates a tree growing in Belfast Botanic Gardens together with information from a range of sources. Where possible we will give the tree tag number - these are the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Gold rush'
Golden dawn redwood

Tag 814
54 deg 34.897N
5 deg 55.798W

This golden-leaved form of the dawn redwood was introduced to the UK in 2000. It is said to be somewhat slower growing than the species, but still can achieve 20ft in 10 years. Its ultimate height is likely to be 100ft (30m). Details of this interesting tree species are given in our web page on the normal green species of which the Botanic gardens has several fine specimens. The golden form is beside the gate leading to the PEC.

Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Gold Rush' in Belfast Botanic gardens

Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Gold Rush' foliage

Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Gold Rush' in Belfast Botanic Gardens Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Gold Rush' leaves
dawn redwood 'Gold rush'
Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Gold Rush' leaves compared to those of the species

Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2013. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

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