Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Gold Rush’ Hu &W.C.Cheng

Golden dawn redwood

Family: Cupressaceae
54º 34.897N
5º 55.798W

The tree tag number relates to the black tree-maintenance tags, usually fixed on the trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.

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 typical green species of which the Botanic gardens has several fine specimens. The golden form is beside the gate leading to the PEC.

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