Dogwood - Pagoda

Cornus alternifolia


USPP 11,287

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Variegated yellow and green foliage of Golden Shadows Cornus Golden Shadows Cornus in residential perennial garden Close up of red new growth on Golden Shadows Cornus White flowers on Golden Shadows Cornus
  • Variegated foliage
  • Elegant, striking habit
  • Year-round interest

Elegant structure and color. Golden Shadows® is a beautiful pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia) noted for its distinctive color and elegant, horizontal habit. Its large heart-shaped leaves are bright yellow, dotted with an irregular green thumbprint, and the new growth flushes reddish orange in cool conditions. Attractive lacy white flowers in spring add to its charm. Happiest in filtered shade - a boon for such sites!

USDA Zone 3 - 8 (-40°F/-40°C)

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Exposure Part sun

Height 10 - 12'

Width 10 - 12'

Finish Time 1.5 seasons

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Spring

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Variegated

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

Soil Prefers moist, acidic, well drained soil and filtered shade. Keep roots cool and moist.

Pruning Naturally strong horizontal habit needs little, if any pruning to attain a pleasing shape. Prune selectively as needed in early spring (though note this will remove any flowers on the pruned growth).

Uses Specimen plant; mixed borders.

Growing Tips Filtered light is best; can be grown in full shade, though variegation will not be as intense. Avoid very sunny sites, particularly in warmer climates.