Cornus alternifolia Golden Shadows
photo of Cornus 'Golden Shadows'

Golden Shadows Pagoda Dogwood

'Golden Shadows' Pagoda Dogwood is an stunning and rarely available selection of a native North American species. It is a multi stemmed shrub which features almost horizontally tiered branches giving it a unique "Japanese Garden" look. The large heart-shaped leaves are bright yellow dotted with an irregular green thumbprint. The new growth is often flushed with hues of reddish-orange. Attractive lacy white flowers are produced in spring, followed by navy blue berries in mid summer. Site selection is essential because, to grow well, it needs a sheltered site with rich, well drained soil in filtered light. Our specimen is situated on a hillside in our woodland garden where it is under planted with drifts of hostas.

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  • Height: 3 – 3.5m - (10'-12 ft)
  • Spread: 3.5 – 4.5m - (12-15 ft)
  • Hardiness: Zone 3
  • Sun or Shade: filtered shade
  • Bloom Time: spring
  • Leaf Colour: gren and yellow
  • Bloom Colour: white
  • Critter Resistance: deer
  • Nature Attraction: birds

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Cornus 'Golden Shadows' is at its best when planted in rich, well drained acidic soil. It will no tolerate wet sites especially in the winter. Filtered shade or morning sun will provide enough light to produce good foliage colour with the danger of leaf scorch. It is slow growing and rarely needs pruning. Branches are produced almost to ground level so it can be pruned at the base if you want to plant under it.