Celestial Shadow Dogwood Tree
Celestial Shadow Dogwood Leaf
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Celestial Shadow Dogwood Tree
Celestial Shadow Dogwood Leaf
Celestial Shadow Dogwood Additional Product Shot 623
Celestial Shadow Dogwood Additional Product Shot 943

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 6-9
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Celestial Shadow Dogwood
Cornus x 'Celestial Shadow'
$350.00
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The Celestial Shadow® Dogwood tree is a rare and choice ornamental tree that will wow you all season long with a parade of changing colors. In spring, you'll marvel at the variegated leaves when they emerge, each one bordered by a generous margin of canary yellow. The green and gold leaves soon become the backdrop for dazzling white flowers, and in fall the foliage turns psychedelic shades of purple and pink! This hybrid Dogwood tree is not only a looker, but a strong and healthy selection with greater disease resistance than ordinary Flowering Dogwoods. Plant one now and let the show begin!

 

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 6-9
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›
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The Story

This tree is the result of both carefully planned breeding and sheer luck.  The original tree, Celestial White®, was the outcome of a deliberate breeding program masterminded by Dr. Elwin Orton of Rutgers University.  His plan:  to wed our native Flowering Dogwood with the Japanese KousaDogwood, thus imparting the descendants with beefed-up disease resistance.  It was a rousing success.  Now for the luck part:  one Celestial® tree at Don Shadow’s Tennessee nursery sprouted a variegated-leaved branch.  Don knew just what to do—get it into production and share it!

The Details

A cross between Flowering Dogwoods and Kousa Dogwoods, this is a very vigorous Dogwood and disease resistant! Foliage is green with golden yellow variegation—new growth even shows hints of red. Delicate white blooms in spring. Mature size: 25' tall x 20' wide. Hardy to Zone 5.

How to Grow

Because this tree has such an excellent genetic makeup, several common Dogwood problems are essentially eliminated.  The risk of the tree contracting the anthracnose or borer issues that purebred Flowering Dogwoods sometimes succumb to is virtually nil.  All that is left for you to do is to make sure this tree is satisfied in its cultural requirements.  Regular irrigation and freely draining soil are the biggies—Rutgers Dogwoods don’t like to dry out, but they can’t sit for too long with “wet feet.”  Full sun or light shade is best.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 6
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 20'
Avg Mature Width 20'
Spacing 15-20'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Green/Yellow
Fall Leaf Color Purple/Pink/Red
Flower Color White
Flower Time Spring
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
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 Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Scale

Size: B

Size B

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Size B Trees:

6-8' tall. Well branched specimen of flowering age. A full and vigorous tree grown in our #15 tree container. Stunning!

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Celestial Shadow Dogwood Tree
Celestial Shadow Dogwood Leaf
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