Born from the branches of the Eldergleam Tree, the Gildergreen is a sapling that stands in the center of Whiterun, near the Temple of Kynareth. Followers of Kynareth revere the plant for the healing qualities of its sap.
Since the tree's planting, it began to wilt. Danica Pure-Spring, a priestess of Kynareth, asks the Dragonborn to retrieve sap from the Eldergleam Tree in order to restore the Gildergreen, whose sap was needed to cure the wounded and ill at the Temple.
Retrieving sap (or using the sapling from Maurice Jondrelle), the tree is restored. While wandering the roads between the Eldergleam Sanctuary and Whiterun, the Dragonborn may encounter several priestess of Kynareth making a pilgrimage to the newly restored Gildergreen.
Following the Battle for Whiterun, parts of the white decorative structure around the Gildergreen are ruined and destroyed.
- This tree may be a reference to the Lord of the Rings' White Tree of Gondor. Both trees stand at the center of a major city (Whiterun and Minas Tirith), descend from an ancestral tree (Telperion, one of the Trees of the Valar), and are cured during the story.