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Cornus mas 'Aurea'

Cornelian Cherry

Plant Type:


Cornus mas 'Aurea' - This is the golden foliage form of Cornelian Cherry. The leaves are bright yellow in early to mid-spring when they emerge gradually turning a bright, light green in summer. 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. Believe me, they'll last only so long as the birds and some among the four-legged persuasion will discover them as 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. Cornelian Cherry will be a terrific four-season interest large shrub if allowed or may be pruned to a small tree if controlled. Full to mostly sunny siting planted in fertile, draining soil. Cutting grown.

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15-25 ft


15-20 ft


Item Description Price  
CORNMAUR Cornus mas 'Aurea' (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $30.00

Characteristics and Attributes for Cornus mas 'Aurea'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Early Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Colored
  • Exfoliating

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads
  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant
  • Songbirds
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Hedge
  • Specimen
  • Hedgerow
  • Alee
  • Shrub Border

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • Western Asia
  • Europe

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Cornus

Cornus. The Dogwoods come in many sizes – low growing shrubs to rounded trees. They are indispensable in a garden with almost all species and cultivars sporting four seasons of interest. Many exhibit richly-colored winter wood, attractive flowers and pretty berries in blue or white. Most offer terrific fall foliage color. The cultivars that offer gorgeous winter bark are especially well-used as background to lower growing evergeens or as foreground shrubs set before conifers, their stem colors glowing in winter against a backdrop of green, black-green, yellow or blue. All that produce flowers and fruit are very fine choices for the wildlife enthusiast. The trees provide nesting spots. When shrubs are grouped together these also provide nesting opportunities for some species of sparrows and even catbirds among others. The trees and shrubs provide nectar for bees and many other pollinators when in flower. Birds relish the late season fruits. All prefer fertile soils that retain some moisture between rain events. All of our offerings are cutting grown.