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Cornus mas 'Aurea'

Cornelian Cherry

Plant Type:


Cornus mas 'Aurea' - 3 available. 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



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. 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.