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About Gold Medal Plants


The Gold Medal Plant Award Program of the Pennsylvania Horticutural Society (PHS) was originally conceived by J. Franklin Styer, Swarthmore Class of 1920, in 1978. This award recognizes outstanding, woody, ornamental trees, shrubs, and vines. Each year, the Gold Medal Plant Award Committee - made up of horticulturists, nurserymen, and plant experts from the Delaware Valley - selects plants to receive the Gold Medal designation.

Since the program’s inception, the Scott Arboretum has been showcasing Gold Medal selections throughout the campus. The Gold Medal Plants Garden, created in 2005, highlights both specimens and mass plantings of Gold Medal selections, denoted by a Gold Medal medallion.

Abies nordmanniana (Nordmann fir)

 

Acer buergerianum (trident maple)

 

Acer griseum (paperbark maple)

 

Acer palmatum 'Tamukeyama' (Japanese maple)

 

Acer palmatum 'Waterfall' (Japanese Maple)

 

Acer triflorum (Threeflower Maple)

 

Aesculus parviflora (Bottlebrush Buckeye)

 

Aesculus pavia (red buckeye)

 

Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima' (red chokeberry)

 

Betula nigra 'Cully' [sold as Heritage®] (river birch)

 

Bignonia capreolata 'Dragon Lady' (Cross Vine)

 

Buxus sempervirens 'Vardar Valley' (Box)

 

Campsis grandiflora 'Morning Calm' (Chinese trumpetcreeper)

 

Cephalotaxus harringtonii 'Prostrata' (Japanese Plum Yew)

 

Cladrastis kentukea (American Yellowwood)

 

Clethra alnifolia 'Hummingbird' (Sweet Pepper Bush)

 

Cornus × elwinortonii 'KN30-8' [sold as Venus®] (Dogwood)

 

Cornus mas 'Golden Glory' (Corneliancherry Dogwood)

 

Cornus sericea 'Silver and Gold' (redosier dogwood)

 

Crataegus viridis 'Winter King' (Green Hawthorn)

 

Cryptomeria japonica 'Yoshino' (Japanese Cryptomeria)

 

Enkianthus perulatus 'J.L. Pennock' (white enkianthus)

 

Gelsemium sempervirens 'Margarita' (Carolina yellow jessamine)

 

Halesia diptera (Magniflora Group) (Two-winged Silverbell)

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Hamamelis × intermedia 'Swallow Hayes' (hybrid witch-hazel)

 

Hamamelis × intermedia 'Diane' (Hybrid Witch Hazel)

 

Heptacodium miconioides (Seven-Son Flower)

 

Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' (Smooth Hydrangea)

 

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Blue Billow' (Bigleaf Hydrangea)

 

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen' (Oakleaf Hydrangea)

 

Ilex 'Harvest Red' (Winterberry)

 

Ilex 'Sparkleberry' (Winterberry Holly)

 

Ilex glabra 'Densa' (Inkberry)

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Ilex verticillata 'Winter Gold' (Winterberry)

 

Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit III' [sold as Pink Velour®] (Common Crapemrytle)

 

Maackia amurensis 'Starburst' (Amur Maackia)

 

Magnolia 'Galaxy' (Magnolia)

 

Magnolia grandiflora 'Bracken’s Brown Beauty' (Southern Magnolia)

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Magnolia grandiflora 'Edith Bogue' (Southern Magnolia)

 

Magnolia stellata 'Centennial' (Star Magnolia)

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Metasequoia glyptostroboides (Dawn Redwood)

 

Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Goshiki' (holly osmanthus)

 

Parrotia persica (Persian Parrotia)

 

Picea orientalis (Oriental Spruce)

 

Pinus strobus 'Fastigiata' (Eastern White Pine)

 

Prunus 'Hally Jolivette' subhirtella (Flowering Cherry)

 

Prunus 'Okame' (Okame Cherry)

 

Quercus alba (White Oak)

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Quercus palustris 'Pringreen' [sold as Green Pillar®] (Pin Oak)

 

Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis (Himalayan sarcococca)

 

Schizophragma hydrangeoides 'Moonlight' (Japanese hydrangea-vine)

 

Sciadopitys verticillata (umbrella-pine)

 

Stewartia pseudocamellia (Japanese Stewartia)

 

Syringa meyeri 'Palibin' (Meyer Lilac)

 

Thuja 'Green Giant' (Arborvitae)

 

Viburnum 'Eskimo' (Viburnum)

 

Viburnum × burkwoodii 'Conoy' (Burkwood Viburnum)

 

Zelkova serrata 'Green Vase' (Saw-Leaf Zelkova)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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