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2007 Gold Medal Plant Award Winners Announced

by The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Hybrid Dogwood
Hybrid Dogwood is among PA 2007 Gold Medal Plant Award Winners. Photo courtesy of The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

PHILADELPHIA, PA (August 2006) — The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Gold Medal Plant Award committee has added three exceptional plants to its list of winning ‘Gold Medal’ ornamental trees, shrubs and vines. To date, a total of 98 outstanding plants have received this prestigious award since it was introduced in 1978.

Founded by Dr. J. Franklin Styer, a long-time member of PHS and a horticulturist of national reputation, the Gold Medal Plant Award promotes ornamental woody plants with extraordinary garden merit. The following specimens have been chosen for their proven performance and hardiness in the growing region from New York to Washington, D.C.:

  • Cornus Venus (Hybrid Dogwood)
  • Lagerstroemia indica ‘Whit III’ Pink Velour (Crape myrtle)
  • Rhus typhina ‘Bailtiger’ Tiger Eyes (Staghorn Sumac)

Cornus Venus™ (Hybrid Dogwood)

This Gold medal winner is an improved dogwood hybrid with superb resistance to anthracnose and powdery mildew. It explodes in early spring with 6-inch pure-white blooms with green centers. The Rutgers introduction has clean foliage and a fast-growing, low-branching habit. Cornus Venus™ is part C. kousa x nuttalli (the Pacific Dogwood), and part C. kousa. Plant this cold-hardy creation as a specimen in well-drained soil. It grows 25 feet high x 25 feet wide in full or part-sun. Hardy in Zones 4 to 8 (2007).

Lagerstroemia indica ‘Whit III’ Pink Velour® (Crape myrtle)

Pink Velour Crepe Myrtle
Pink Velour Crepe Myrtle is a PA Gold Medal Plant Winner for 2007

This hardy pick has earned a place in northern gardens. Colorful Pink Velour® parades flashy magenta-pink flower clusters atop shiny burgundy foliage in mid-summer. Pink Velour has been chosen for its cold tolerance and resistance to powdery mildew. Its -over-relatively late bloom time also justifies its place in the landscape. Plant it as a specimen or near the foundation, and prune in late August or early spring. Grows 10 feet high x 6 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 6 to 9 (2007).

Rhus typhina ‘Bailtiger’ Tiger Eyes® (Staghorn Sumac)

Tiger Eyes Staghorn Sumac
Tiger Eyes Staghorn Sumac is PA Gold Medal Plant Award Winner for 2007.

This unusual Sumac has purplish-pink stems displaying exotic cut-leaf foliage. Changing with each season, Tiger Eyes® starts out chartreuse in spring, turns bright yellow in summer, and blazes scarlet-orange in the fall. Tiger Eyes® is more compact than the species and is not considered invasive. It prefers well-drained soil but adapts well to poor soils and urban situations, exhibiting good pollution tolerance. Great for the foundation, as a specimen, in mass, or in containers, it grows about 6 feet high and wide in full or part-sun. Hardy in Zones 4 to 8 (2007).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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