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Golden Shadows® Pagoda Dogwood

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Golden Shadows® Pagoda Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia ‘W. Stackman’ Golden Shadows)A stunning accent shrub if there ever was one, with amazing golden-variegated foliage held on distinctive horizontally-tiered branches; white flowers in spring, blue berries in summer; quite fussy, needs a cool sheltered site, also prefers acidic soil

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
12 feet
Average Landscape Width:
15 feet
Growth Rate:
slow
Genus:
Cornus
Species:
alternifolia
Cultivar:
Wstackman
Flower Color:
cream
Flower Period:
in late spring
Summer Foliage Color:
light green
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
moist
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
layered
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
best if not pruned
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Density:
open
Flower Fragrance:
high

Ornamental Features

The Golden Shadows® Pagoda Dogwood has clusters of fragrant creamy white flowers held atop the branches in late spring. It has attractive yellow-variegated light green foliage which emerges scarlet in spring. The pointy leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall color. It produces navy blue berries in mid summer.

Landscape Attributes

The Golden Shadows® Pagoda Dogwood is an open multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a stunning habit of growth which features almost oriental horizontally-tiered branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

The Golden Shadows® Pagoda Dogwood will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. However, you may want to keep it away from hot, dry locations that receive direct afternoon sun or which get reflected sunlight, such as against the south side of a white wall. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

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