Redwood Database

An index of all Redwood cultivars both in and out of commercial production.

Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Rutgers Select’

Dawn Redwood

‘Rutgers Select’ is a clonal selection renowned for its exceptional vigour and rapid growth rate, particularly during its juvenile phase. This cultivar can achieve an impressive growth of up to 2 meters per year in its youth, as documented by Auders & Spicer (2012).

The origins of ‘Rutgers Select’ can be traced back to 1992, when it was selected by Dr. John Kuser and Andrea Bonville at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The selection was made from a new introduction of wild-collected Dawn Redwood seeds, likely sourced from the species’ native range.

By identifying and propagating this particularly vigorous individual, the researchers aimed to capitalise on its superior growth characteristics, making it a desirable choice for cultivators seeking a fast-growing form of the Dawn Redwood.

The rapid growth rate of ‘Rutgers Select’ during its youth phase can be advantageous in various applications, such as establishing screening or specimen plantings in a shorter timeframe. However, it is essential to note that growth rates may vary depending on environmental conditions and cultural practices.