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CORNUS alba 'Aurea'

Image of Cornus alba 'Aurea'

Family

Cornaceae

Botanical Name

CORNUS alba 'Aurea'

Plant Common Name

Golden Prairie Fire Dogwood, Tatarian Dogwood

General Description

A selection of Tatarian dogwood, native from northern Russia to Korea, ‘Aurea’ is prized for the glowing chartreuse-gold color of its leaves and the bright red color of its stems and branches in winter. It is a multi-stemmed, spreading, deciduous shrub with clusters of small white flowers in spring followed by clusters of small white fruits, often tinged blue. It has dark green tapered leaves that turn red or orange in autumn. Though this northern species may scorch in hot climates, it has some tolerance for drought.

Plant ‘Aurea’ in full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. It is most effective as an informal hedge, massed in a large group, or as a showy accent plant in the border. It spreads by underground roots so it is also useful for stabilizing banks and slopes. Some gardeners prune this shrub to the ground in winter to prompt the growth of new stems in spring because new stems are the brightest red.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    2 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Width

    5'-10' / 1.5m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Russia/Siberia, China, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site, Drought, Salt, Soil Compaction

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Light Green

  • Fruit Color

    White, Blue, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Lemon Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Lemon Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Purple, Dark Green, Dark Red, Plum

  • Bark Color

    Red, Purple, Dark Red, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No