Summer Gold Chinese Dogwood

Cornus kousa 'SUMMER GOLD' PP #22,765

Valued for its exceptional bright green variegated foliage with prominent golden yellow margins, this small tree has a slender, upright form when young that broadens with age. Masses of creamy flower-like bracts arrive in early spring. The gently rippled leaves develop flashes of bright pink in summer, turning brilliant red by fall. Deciduous.
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Filtered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun

Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.


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Botanical PronunciationKOR-nus KOO-sa
Average Size at MaturitySlowly reaches 8 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide; may gradually reach 15 ft. tall in ideal conditions.
Bloom TimeLate Spring to Early Summer
Design IdeasA unique and showy small tree for woodlands edge or as an ornamental specimen tree for the modern garden.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
Growth HabitCompact, Rounded, Upright
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseMass Planting, Specimen, Woodland Garden, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureAttractive Bark, Attracts Butterflies, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fall Color, Improved Disease Resistance, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Bird Friendly, Compact Form, Multi-Season Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsSnowberry (Symphoricarpos); Oak Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Witch Hazel (Hamamelis); Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia); Viburnum (Viburnum)

Provide evenly moist, enriched, slightly acidic, well-drained, sandy loam soil. Apply a thick layer of mulch to keep root zone cool in summer. Shelter from harsh sun exposures. Water deeply, regularly in first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. Fertilize in early spring. Prune in winter to shape.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-8

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