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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 (Dissectum Group) 'Tamukeyama' (threadleaf Japanese maple)


Acer palmatum (Dissectum Group) 'Waterfall' (threadleaf Japanese maple)

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Acer triflorum (three-flower maple)


Aesculus parviflora (bottlebrush buckeye)


Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima' (red chokeberry)


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

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Bignonia capreolata 'Dragon Lady' (crossvine)


Buxus sempervirens 'Vardar Valley' (boxwood)


Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Fastigiata' (Japanese plum yew)


Cladrastis kentukea (American yellowwood)

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Clethra alnifolia 'Hummingbird' (summersweet clethra)


Cornus × elwinortonii [Venus®] 'KN30-8' (hybrid dogwood)

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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 witchhazel)


Hamamelis × intermedia 'Diane' (hybrid witchhazel)


Heptacodium miconioides (seven-son flower)


Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' (smooth hydrangea)


Hydrangea quercifolia [Snow Queen®] 'Flemygea' (oakleaf hydrangea)


Ilex 'Harvest Red' (hybrid winterberry)


Ilex 'Sparkleberry' (hybrid winterberry)


Ilex glabra 'Densa' (inkberry)

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Ilex verticillata 'Winter Gold' (common winterberry)


Lagerstroemia indica [Pink Velour®] 'Whit III' (common crapemyrtle)


Maackia amurensis 'Starburst' (Amur maackia)


Magnolia 'Galaxy' (hybrid magnolia)


Magnolia grandiflora 'Bracken’s Brown Beauty' (southern magnolia)

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Magnolia stellata 'Centennial' (star magnolia)


Malus 'Jewelberry' (hybrid crabapple)


Metasequoia glyptostroboides (dawn redwood)

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Parrotia persica (Persian parrotia)


Picea orientalis (Oriental spruce)

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Pinus strobus 'Fastigiata' (eastern white pine)


Prunus 'Hally Jolivette' (flowering cherry)


Prunus 'Okame' (flowering cherry)

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Quercus bicolor (swamp white oak)

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Quercus palustris [Green Pillar®] 'Pringreen' (pin oak)


Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis (Himalayan sarcococca)


Hydrangea hydrangeoides 'Moonlight' (Japanese hydrangea-vine)


Sciadopitys verticillata (umbrella-pine)


Thuja 'Green Giant' (arborvitae)


Zelkova serrata 'Green Vase' (Japanese zelkova)



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