Golden shadow pagoda dogwood

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Golden Shadow Pagoda Dogwood foliage

Golden Shadow Pagoda Dogwood foliage

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Golden Shadow Pagoda Dogwood

Golden Shadow Pagoda Dogwood

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 12 feet

Spread: 15 feet

Sunlight:

Hardiness Zone: 3b

Description:

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

Ornamental Features

The Golden Shadow 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 colour. It produces navy blue berries in mid summer.

Landscape Attributes

The Golden Shadow 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.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

The Golden Shadow Pagoda Dogwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

The Golden Shadow 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. 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.

Cornus, Green Osier, Pagoda Dogwood ‘Golden Shadows’

Category:

Trees

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Deciduous

Foliage Color:

Chartreuse/Yellow

Light Green

Variegated

Height:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown – Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown – Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown – Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Patented

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

By grafting

By budding

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Chicago, Illinois

Des Plaines, Illinois

Westfield, Indiana

Russell, Kentucky

Dracut, Massachusetts

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Denville, New Jersey

Bronx, New York

Oyster Bay, New York

St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Sarver, Pennsylvania

Lexington, Virginia

Bothell, Washington

Kalama, Washington

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Pagoda Dogwood, Cornus alternafolia, is a native understory plant that can be grown as a shrub or a small tree. Golden Shadows® (C. alternifolia ‘Wstackman’ pp#11,287) is an exciting new variety discovered by Walt Stackman, a daylily breeder from Illinois. It has brightly variegated leaves that are reminiscent of a variegated Hosta. To add icing on the cake, the new growth is tinged with hues of red and pink. Just like the species, this dogwood has white lacy blooms in mid to late spring. My plant was in full bloom on May 31 here in Michigan.
Previously to the release of Golden Shadows, the only other selection of variegated Pagoda Dogwood was a variety named ‘Argentea’. While highly prized by collectors for its silver variegated leaves, ‘Argenea’ had the reputation as a plant that grew smaller each year instead of larger.
Golden Shadows is a robust plant and can be easily grown if planted in the proper location. Remember this is an understory species, so it adapted to growing in shady locations under larger trees. To get the most out of Golden Shadows plant it in a shady location, or better yet, in a location with filtered sun. With proper site selection you will be rewarded with strong growth and bright foliage.
This beauty has only been on the market for about two years, so I doubt that your local garden center sell it, however, it can be purchased via the internet or mail order from both Wayside Gardens and Songsparrow Farms. Google these nurseries to locate their websites.

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Golden Shadows™ Pagoda Dogwood foliage

Golden Shadows™ Pagoda Dogwood foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Golden Shadows™ Pagoda Dogwood

Golden Shadows™ Pagoda Dogwood

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 15 feet

Spread: 15 feet

Sunlight:

Hardiness Zone: 3b

Description:

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

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.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

The Golden Shadows™ Pagoda Dogwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

The Golden Shadows™ Pagoda Dogwood will grow to be about 15 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. 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 somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, 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.

Gertens Sizes and Prices

Pagoda dogwood

Tree & Plant Care

A native, low-branched tree or large shrub reaching 15 to 25 feet high and wide.
Prefers moist, slightly acidic, well-drained soil.
If planted in full sun, the shallow root system benefits with a layer of mulch to moderate soil temperature and conserve moisture.
Best in part shade, protected from wind.

Disease, pests and problems

The tree is susceptible to minor leaf infections and golden stem canker.

Disease, pests and problem resistance

Tolerant of black walnut toxicity.

Native geographic location and habitat

C-Value: 9

Pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)
Native to the northern portion of the eastern United States.

Bark color and texture

A wine-purple to brown bark with vertical tan lenticels.

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture

Simple, alternate, oval leaves about 4 inches long; leaves are medium green with pale underside; leaf margins are wavy.
Leaves turn reddish-purple in fall.

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

Small white flowers in 2 inch wide, flat-topped clusters.

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

Clusters of bluish-black berries (drupes) and red peduncles (flower stalks); ripens in July.

Cultivars and their differences

Gold Bullion™ Pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia ‘Bachone’): Golden yellow foliage turns chartruse-yellow in the fall. Plants reach 8 to 10 feet high and wide.

Golden Shadows™ Pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia ‘W. Stackman’): A variegated form with creamy-white margins; best grown in part shade.

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