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Cornus Golden Shadows®
ENLARGE IMAGE Incredible drama for any shady garden
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Cornus Golden Shadows®

Great native tree for shady spots!
ZONE 3,4,5,6,7,8
As low as $14.99
  • Supports wildlife and pollinators
  • Year round interest
  • Grows 10-12' tall and wide
  • Ship size: Starter Quart
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Cornus Golden Shadows® Description

Who knew a dogwood could add such insane character and architectural interest to the shade garden? Walt Stackman, the discoverer of Golden Shadows®, that’s who! With bright yellow and green variegated, heart-shaped leaves and a stately horizontal habit, it's sure to draw attention. This is especially so in spring when new growth flushes out reddish-orange and flat lacy flowers elevate its look. This small tree is a fun native option for bringing interest into woodland gardens or bland shady spots.

Special features: Attracts butterflies, cold hardy, cut flower, deer resistant, disease resistant, easy care, fast growing, fall color, foliage interest, heat tolerant, attracts hummingbirds, moisture tolerant, rabbit resistant, winter interest

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name:
    Cornus alternifolia 'Wstackman' Golden Shadows®
  • Common name:
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
    Part sun
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    Starter quart
  • Soil type:
    Average, Clay
  • Soil moisture:
    Average, Moist
  • Height x width:
    10-12' x 10-12'
  • Flower color:
  • Foliage color:
  • Bloom season:
  • Uses:
    Accent, background, border, erosion control, foundation, naturalizing, rain garden, specimen, waterside, woodland
  • Cannot ship to:
    AK, HI
  • Patent #: PP11,287



Soil: Grows best in well-draining, acidic soil and can adapt to clay soil.
Light: Prefers placement in part sun, but can be grown in full shade. Its best leaf color is produced with a bit more sun, but full sun is best avoided.
Water: Needs moist soil, but does not enjoy overwatering.
Spacing: 10-12 feet apart
Fertilizing: Does not require feeding or fertilizer. If action is desired, a bit of mulch or compost spread over the soil in spring could be helpful.
Winterizing: No special care is needed to prepare for winter.
Maintenance & pruning: It maintains a strong horizontal shape without help, so pruning is unnecessary. But if required, prune after flowering as blooms are produced on old wood.