• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate grower to 8 ft. high and 4 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Blooms:
    Creamy white bracts in early spring.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:KOR-nus KOO-sa
    Plant type:Tree
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 8 ft. high and 4 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Creamy white bracts in early spring.
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleRustic
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasA unique and showy small tree for woodlands edge or as an ornamental specimen tree for the modern garden.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Best grown in well drained soils with adequate moisture. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    Lore:
    Cornus kousa 'Summer Gold' is a sport of Cornus kousa, which arose as a chance seedling in a field-grown crop of Cornus kousa (species, unpatented) in 2002. It was discovered and selected by Crispin Silva at his nursery in Molalla, Oregon.