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Is your yard a little blah? Inject some vibrant color into your landscape with Summer Gold Variegated Kousa Dogwood. This exciting new ornamental tree will put on a spectacular parade of changing colors outside your window from spring to fall. In spring, apple-green leaves with wide yellow margins unfold, followed by sparkling white star-shaped flowers. In summer, you’ll notice hints of pink in the foliage, and when the days turn brisk, the whole canopy flushes pink and purple, eventually deepening to red. Green is nice, but green, yellow, white, pink, purple, and red is even better!
There are other variegated Kousa Dogwoods, but Summer Gold looks to be the best of the lot so far. Unlike some others, its leaves aren’t wavy but flat, making for a better display of that fantastic variegation. It also has a more upright habit than most and doesn’t lean or droop. This sassy little tree was discovered in 2002 as a naturally occurring chance seedling at the nursery of Crispin Silva of Molalla, Oregon and has only been on the market for a few years. Because it’s a brand new tree, its ultimate size is uncertain, but Silva predicts it will top out at around 10 to 15 feet tall and wide.
Did we forget to mention yet another colorful ornamental feature of this amazing tree? Summer Gold also gets strawberry-like, crimson-red fruits in late summer. The pulp inside is edible (though seedy) and tastes like papaya!
How to Grow
Plant Summer Gold Kousa Dogwood in an area of your yard that receives full sun or light shade. It’s not too fussy about soils but prefers an acid soil and needs good drainage. Water weekly, or better yet, use the Bower & Branch™ Water Element to deliver just the right amount of moisture to your tree throughout the growing season. Unlike many Flowering Dogwood trees, the Japanese Kousa Dogwood is highly resistant to disease—most importantly, the dreaded anthracnose that has threatened so many of our native Dogwoods—so you can rest easy with Summer Gold.
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