Cornus alba 'Aurea'

Common name: Dogwood, Cornel

Family: Cornaceae

Plant type Shrub
Height 6 to 12 feet
Spread 6 to 12 feet
Habit Bushy
Growth rate Moderate
Interests Flowers, foliage, stems
Uses Borders
Skill level Average
Maintenance Slight
Hardiness 3
Heat zone
Sun Full sun to part shade
Moisture Dry to moist
Soil type Slightly acid to slightly lime
Soil fertility Moderate
Water consumption Moderate
Site Sheltered to average
Flower colour White
Flower season Mid spring to late spring
Flower size Medium
Foliage colour Green, yellow variegated
Fruit colour Blue
Edible parts
Harvest time
Stems Black, red, yellow
Texture Coarse, rough

Cornus are a group of very hardy, deciduous, shrubs which are noted for their often brightly coloured stems which make an impressive display in winter. Depending on variety the stems can be bright yellow, red or black. Some varieties have variegated foliage. They bear white flowers in spring which are followed by blue fruits.

Cornus are hardy to as low as zone 3. They will grow in most soils including those with poor drainage and in sun or light shade. If grown for their stems, prune them to the ground every few years.

Task Calendar

Mid-spring Prune to ground every few years


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