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CORNUS alba 'Aurea'
Golden Prairie Fire Dogwood, Tatarian Dogwood
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.
8 - 1
2 - 7
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
Full Sun, Partial Sun
8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m
5'-10' / 1.5m - 3.0m
Late Spring, Early Summer
Russia/Siberia, China, Korea
Wet Site, Drought, Salt, Soil Compaction
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
White, Yellow, Light Green
White, Blue, Black
Red, Purple, Dark Green, Dark Red, Plum
Red, Purple, Dark Red, Dark Green
Hedges, Mixed Border
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