Summer Gold Japanese Dogwood Leaf
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Summer Gold Japanese Dogwood Leaf
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 4'
  • Exposure: Filtered Sun - Part Shade
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring - Early Summer
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Summer Gold Japanese Dogwood

Cornus kousa 'Summer Gold'

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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!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 4'
  • Exposure: Filtered Sun - Part Shade
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring - Early Summer
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

Recommended by Our Growers

The Story

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.

The Details

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.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Filtered Sun - Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 8-15'
Avg Mature Width 4-6'
Spacing 4'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Variegated Bright Green and Yellow
Fall Leaf Color Red
Flower Color Creamy White
Flower Time Late Spring - Early Summer
Fruit Color N/A
Fruit Time N/A
Foliage Color Variegated Bright Green and Yellow
Bloom Time Late Spring - Early Summer
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Summer Gold Japanese Dogwood Leaf