Trees with yellow or golden leaves
Included here are some trees which do
not retain their exceptional color throughout the entire
season, but are attractive during the early part of
the summer. All are cultivars that must be propagated
vegetatively since they rarely come true from seed.
When suckers arise from ground level they should be
watched, and, if they are not true, removed.
ACER CAPPADOCICUM AUREA Deep yellow leaves
on opening and again in autumn. A. negundo auratum,
goldenyellow foliage; A. pseudoplatanus corstorphinense,
the golden sycamore, has leaves changing from pale
through rich yellow to green in late summer, makes a
large tree, worlei has soft yellow leaves until
ALNUS GLUTINOSA AUREA A goldenleaved form
of the common alder. A. incana aurea, yellow
leaves and young shoots with red catkins; it is a beautiful
form of the grey alder.
CATALPA BIGNONIOIDES AUREA A small growing
cultivar of the Indian bean tree with large golden leaves.
FAGUS SYLVATICA ZLATIA A yellowleaved
FRAXINUS EXCELSIOR AUREA A large tree
with yellow shoots and yellow leaves in autumn.
GLEDITSCHIA TRIACANTHOS ‘Sunburst’. This
has bright yellow unfolding leaves.
LABURNUM ANAGYROIDES AUREUM The yellow-leaved
PTELEA TRIFOLIATA AUREA A yellow-leaved
form of the hop-tree.
ROBINIA PSEUDOACACIA FRISIA This has golden-yellow
ULMUS CARPINIFOLIA SARNIENSIS A slow-growing
.form of the Wheatley elm with pure golden colored leaves.
U. glabra lutescens, a wych elm with pale yellow
leaves; U. procera vanhouttei, a golden-leaved
form of hedgerow elm.
CEDRUS DEODARA AUREA The golden deodar,
smaller than the type, is the best golden cedar.
CHAMAECYPARIS LAWSONIANA LUTEA Has golden-yellow
foliage; stewartii is a free-growing yellow form;
C. obtusa crippsii is good deep yellow, slowly
reaching tree size.
CUPRESSUS MACROCARPA ‘Donard Gold’. A
deep yellow and lutea, paler yellow, both being
of compact growth.
JUNIPERUS CHINENSIS AUREA Young’s golden
juniper is a small tree of rather narrow form.
TAXUS BACCATA ELEGANTISSIMA The golden
yew; fastigiata aurea is the golden Irish yew.