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Cornus mas 'Sunstorm'

Cornelian Cherry

Plant Type:


Cornus mas 'Sunstorm' - This is a most curious golden foliage form of Cornelian Cherry. All bright golden leaves are variably spotted and stippled with spots of green. Typical early spring yellow flowers in abundance make for a mid-summer show of fruits which can be harvested for jelly, jam, syrup or left as additional interest at this time. The bright red fruits are especially showy dangling among the leaves of this variegated form. Birds and some among the four-legged persuasion will discover them as the perfect candidates for a meal. Autumn color is sometimes bronze to red-maroon though not guaranteed. The bark becomes increasingly mottled and flaked - more and more beautiful with each passing season for great looks when defoliated. 'Sunstorm' will be a terrific four-season interest large shrub if allowed or may be pruned to a small tree if controlled. Fore plant with Symphytum x uplandicum 'Axeminster Gold', Baptisia 'Carolina Moonlight' and Coreposis verticillata for screaming yellow happiness. Full to mostly sunny siting planted in fertile, draining soil. Cutting grown.

We also have ON SITE ONLY - 6 shrubs in 5 Gallon Containers... Pick-up at the nursery, cannot ship. Call us at 860 779-1732.

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20-25 ft


15-20 ft


Item Description Price  
CORNMASU Cornus mas 'Sunstorm' (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - true 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $48.00 Sold Out

Characteristics and Attributes for Cornus mas 'Sunstorm'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Winter / Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Marbled
  • Exfoliating

Autumn Interest

  • Autumn Leaf Color
  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads

Nature Attraction

  • Songbirds
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Full Sun


  • Shrub Border
  • Hedgerow
  • Specimen
  • Collector Plant
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Accent

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Cornus

Cornus. The Dogwoods come in many sizes – low growing shrubs to rounded trees. Many have beautiful winter wood, beautiful flowers and berries for wildlife. Most have terrific fall foliage color. They are indispensable in a garden with almost all species and cultivars sporting 4 seasons of interest. All prefer fertile soils that retain some moisture between rainfalls. Many if not all are a presently a botanical Latin taxonomic tangle. In fact, taxonomists have been very busy renaming both trees and shrubs to the point that they have managed to do to Dogwoods what they foisted upon Asters. For the nursery owner the outcome is nothing but a monstrous tangle of confusion for nurseries and customers alike. And as much as I rail against common names I now use the word "aster" as I utilize "dogwood" for the sake and ease of lubricated communication. Ours are being offered under monikers that are currently embraced by most folks in the industry but followed parenthetically with the swanky new names foisted upon us all by the taxonomists... those elusive, ghostly beings who secretly impose as do the FISA court judges in the U.S. (Uh oh, they've begun an FBI folder on me!!!) We take many of our cues from the esteemed Michael Dirr... not regarding FISA courts or the FBI. You know what I mean. All of our offerings are cutting grown.