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Cornus alternifolia Golden Shadows® (Pagoda Dogwood)

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Cornus alternifolia Golden Shadows, Alternateleaf Dogwood Golden Shadows, Alternate-leaf Dogwood Golden Shadows, Pagoda Dogwood Golden Shadows, Swida alternifolia Golden Shadows, Variegated Dogwood
Cornus alternifolia Golden Shadows, Alternateleaf Dogwood Golden Shadows, Alternate-leaf Dogwood Golden Shadows, Pagoda Dogwood Golden Shadows, Swida alternifolia Golden Shadows, Variegated Dogwood
Cornus alternifolia Golden Shadows, Alternateleaf Dogwood Golden Shadows, Alternate-leaf Dogwood Golden Shadows, Pagoda Dogwood Golden Shadows, Swida alternifolia Golden Shadows, Variegated Dogwood

Cornus alternifolia Golden Shadows (‘Wstackman’ PBR) is a stunning deciduous shrub known for its golden-yellow variegated leaves with green margins. The foliage is not the only star; small white flowers and blue-black fruit add to its multi-season interest.

Cornus alternifolia Golden Shadows®: An In-depth Look

Native: This cultivar has its roots in the species Cornus alternifolia, native to the eastern United States and parts of Canada.

Plant Type and Habit: It is a deciduous shrub or small tree with a layered, tiered habit that offers a unique, almost pagoda-like appearance.

Size: The Golden Shadows cultivar usually grows to be 10 to 12 feet (300-360 cm) tall and wide, which is more compact than the native species.

Flowers: The plant features delicate clusters of small, star-shaped white flowers. Expect flowers to appear from late spring to early summer, creating a delightful contrast with the golden-yellow foliage.

Fruits: Dark blue fruits follow in summer. These fruits are attractive to birds and add an additional layer of seasonal interest to the plant.

Foliage: Its defining feature is the variegated foliage, golden-yellow in color with green margins, which provides a luminous quality to shaded garden spaces.

Hardiness: The plant is hardy in USDA zones 3 through 8, displaying considerable resilience to varying weather conditions.

Uses: This dogwood is perfect for a woodland garden or as a focal point in a shaded border. It can also be used in mass plantings or as a solitary specimen.

 Wildlife: The flowers attract a variety of pollinators, while the blue-black fruit that follows the flowering season provides food for birds.

Deer and Rabbits: The plant is somewhat resistant to deer, although not completely deer-proof. Rabbits may browse young shoots, but mature plants are generally less affected.

Toxicity: The plant is generally non-toxic for humans and pets, but consumption in large quantities can cause mild stomach discomfort.

Invasiveness: Being a cultivar, it is less likely to become invasive than its wild counterparts.

Benefits: The major benefits of including Golden Shadows in your garden are its multi-season interest and relatively low maintenance needs. It provides vibrant foliage, delicate white flowers, and attractive fruit, all within a manageable size. It can brighten up shady corners of the garden with its luminous leaves and serve as a focal point or backdrop to other shade-loving plants.

How to Grow and Care for Pagoda Dogwood

Light: Prefers partial shade but can tolerate some sun; too much direct sunlight can cause leaf scorch.

Soil: Well-drained, acidic to neutral soil rich in organic matter is ideal; it can tolerate a range of soil types but does not do well in waterlogged conditions.

Water: Moderate watering needs; water deeply when soil is dry to the touch. Overwatering or poor drainage can lead to root rot.

Fertilizer: Apply a balanced slow-release fertilizer in the spring; avoid high-nitrogen fertilizers as they can encourage leggy growth and reduce flower production.

Pruning: Minimal pruning is needed, mainly to remove dead or diseased branches. It’s best done in late winter or early spring before new growth starts.

Propagation: Can be propagated through softwood cuttings in early summer or by seed, though cultivars may not come true to seed.

Pests and Diseases: Generally disease-resistant but can be susceptible to dogwood sawfly, dogwood borer, and scale. Potential diseases include leaf spot, dogwood anthracnose, canker, powdery mildew, and root rot; monitor and treat as needed.

By following these guidelines, you can enjoy a healthy and aesthetically pleasing Pagoda Dogwood that thrives year-round, offering distinct tiered branches, spring blossoms, and, often, colorful autumn foliage.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Cornaceae
Genus Cornus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 10' - 12'
(3m - 3m)
Spread 10' - 12'
(3m - 3m)
Spacing 120" - 144"
(3m - 3m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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Cornus Sanguinea Winter Flame, Winter Flame Bloodtwig Dogwood , Winter Flame European Dogwood , Winter Flame Dogwood, Deciduous Shrubs, Foliage, Fall color, Winter color, Red bark, Orange Bark
ornus Sanguinea Arctic Sun, Arctic Sun Bloodtwig Dogwood , Arctic Sun European Dogwood , Arctic Sun Dogwood, Deciduous Shrubs, Foliage, Fall color, Winter color, Red bark, Orange Bark
Cornus Sericea Arctic Fire, Arctic Fire Redtwig Dogwood, Dogwood, Cornus 'Kelsey Dwarf', Cornus sericea 'Farrow', Cornus stolonifera 'Farrow', Red Twigs, Red Stems
Appalachian Spring dogwood, Cornus florida Appalachian Spring, Flowering Dogwood Appalachian Spring
Cornus florida 'Cherokee Sunset', Flowering Dogwood 'Cherokee Sunset', Cherokee Sunset Flowering Dogwood, Variegated Flowering Dogwood, Variegated Dogwood, Fall color, Winter color, shrub with berries, Flowering tree, red fruits
Cornus Alba Creme de Mint, Tatarian Dogwood Creme de Mint, Red-Barked Dogwood Creme de Mint, Siberian Dogwood Creme de Mint, Deciduous Shrubs, Yellow Twigs, Fall color, Winter color, shrub with berries

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Symphyotrichum cordifolium, Blue Wood Aster, Heart-Leaf Aster, Aster cordifolius, Fall perennials, Fall Flowers, Lavender Asters, Blue Asters
Acer saccharum, Sugar Maple, Northern Sugar Maple, Rock Maple, Striped Maple, Acer palmifolium, Acer saccharophorum, Tree with fall color, Fall color, Red Leaves, Red Autumn Leaves,
Arisaema triphyllum, Jack in the Pulpit, Bloody Arum, Bog Onion, Brown Dragon, Indian Turnip, American Wake Robin, Wild Turnip, Starchwort, Preacher in a Pulpit, Shade perennial, Shade flowers
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Cornaceae
Genus Cornus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 10' - 12'
(3m - 3m)
Spread 10' - 12'
(3m - 3m)
Spacing 120" - 144"
(3m - 3m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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