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Cornus alba 'Aurea' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Suckering

Toxicity

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Cream in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Orange and Red in Autumn
Yellow in Spring and Summer

Fruit

White in Autumn

Stem

Dark Red in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

golden Tartarean dogwood

Family

Cornaceae


Cornus can be deciduous shrubs or trees, or creeping, woody-based perennials, some with brightly coloured young stems. Tiny flowers are borne in dense clusters, sometimes with showy bracts. Many have fine autumn colour

'Aurea' is a deciduous medium-sized shrub with soft yellow, ovate leaves, reddish stems and insignificant cream flowers

Synonym(s)

  • Cornus alba f. aurea sibirica

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Will grow in most soil conditions in sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Neutral or Acid
  • Sand, Clay or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 7

Pests

May be attacked by glasshouse red spider mite and vine weevil

Diseases

May suffer from cornus anthracnose diseases