Gold Rush, which has 5 inch soft, feathery leaves of an amazing clear yellow, was found as a seedling in Japan and brought to Europe where it was renamed 'Gold Rush'.
This golden leaved conifer keeps its coloring well into summer. It then turns orange-brown in autumn, when it sheds all of its needles. In spring, the needles return as a gorgeous chartreuse before going bright yellow. The bark is interesting on this deciduous tree, with deep fissures, giving it winter interest. It thrives in many kinds of soil: permanently wet and heavy clays.
This is an architectural tree strong in form, bold in color with fine texture, straight trunk and broad spreading crown. It may eventually grow larger than many modern gardens can accommodate but is smaller than the species, growing to about 40-50 feet. If you have room, it would be a stunning and dominant addition to your garden.
It is the only surviving species in the ancient redwood genus Metasequoia, of which three fossil species are known. This tree once grew on the North American continent and was assumed to be extinct. After million year old fossils of Dawn redwood were found in Japan, an actual living specimen was discovered in China. Now, after a 15 million year hiatus, Dawn redwood is once again growing in Canada, the US and the UK and Ireland