Golden Glory Dogwood
Scientific name: Cornus mas ‘Golden Glory’
The ‘Golden Glory’ dogwood or Cornelian cherry is a deciduous shrub or small tree native to Europe and Asia. Growing to a height and width of 15–20 ft, ‘Golden Glory’ develops exfoliating bark as it matures. Showy, star-like, yellow flowers bloom in early spring before the leaves emerge. Ovate leaves are dark green, grow to 4 in long, and turn a purple tinge in autumn. Fleshy, oval-shaped fruits are one-seeded berries which develop a cherry red color in the summer. Although sour, the fruits are edible and can be made into syrups and preserves. This tree is somewhat self-fruitful or self-pollinating, but an additional pollinator tree is often helpful. Hardy, vigorous, and deer-resistant, ‘Golden Glory’ can be used in a hedge, screen, and foundation or specimen planting. This tree prefers full sun to part shade and grows in plant hardiness zones 4-8.