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Cornus ‘Summer Gold’

Cornus kousa

Cornus kousa ‘Summer Gold’ is a sport from a seedling crop of Cornus kousa. Distinctly upright in form, as opposed to other gold-variegated dogwoods, ‘Summer Gold’ has uniform yellow variegation, uncrinkled leaves and a strong growing habit.(Z4-8). This colorful selection has eye catching mid green foliage with colorful broad golden yellow margins. In early spring this elegant tree is a mass of four pedaled bracts which in appearance are like creamy flowers. Summer foliage bushes soft flamingo pink transforming to a fabulous flaming red by fall.

‘Summer Gold’ has much better summer variegation than other C. Kousa selections. A a unique and showy small tree for woodlands edge or as an ornamental specime tree for the modern garden. ‘Summer Gold’ is the perfect tree for smaller yards.

Origin: USA

Description / Plant Notes:

  • USDA Zone 4 (-30°F or -34°C)
  • Creamy white bracts cover the tree in early spring
  • Deciduous foliage, mid-green with colorful broad golden-yellow margins
  • Foliage blushes soft flamingo pink transforming to a fabulous flaming red by fall
  • Vigorous growth rate
  • Tidy rounded habit 8′ x 4′

Patent Status: PP 22,765

PK Sheet
USDA Zone: 4 - 9
Height: 84 to 96-inches
213 to 244-centimeters
Spread: 36 to 48-inches
91 to 122-centimeters
Seasons: Early Spring, Spring
Flower Colors: White
Foliage Colors: Green, Gold
Light Levels: Full-Sun
Growth Habit: Upright-Mounded
Usage: Containers, Garden border, Gardens, Hedging, Landscapes, Mass landscape planting, Pots
Patent Status: PP 22,765
Origin: USA

Grower Culture

Media: Well-draining media
Water: Well-Drained to Moderate
Crop Timing from Rooted Liners:
3-gallon: 78 to 104-weeks with 1 ppp