Cornus alternifolia Golden Shadows

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Plant Code: COGS

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Horizontal branching produces a unique shrub with a tiered effect. Bold gold foliage boasts an emerald green "thumbprint" center. Lacy white fragrant flowers, characteristic of most Cornus shrubs, appear in spring. Performs best in some shade.


Type: Shrubs
Height: Tall 10-12'
Spacing: Plant 6-8' apart
Bloom Time: Late Spring to Early Summer
Sun-Shade: Mostly Sunny to Mostly Shady
Zones: 3-8   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Acidic
Flower: White
Accent: White
Patent: #11,287
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Fragrant
  • Shade Tolerant
  • Winter Interest

Cornus General Information

Cornus alternifolia has a distinctive layered branching structure. This distinct form is best highlighted in winter when leaves do not hide their shape. It will appreciate afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Good shrub for colder zones (3 & 4).

Cornus Plant Care

Very easy to grow, and will adapt to most conditions. Fertilize in the spring with a slow release fertilizer. No pruning is needed generally, as it should be allowed to assume its natural layered look.