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A young specimen of variegated Golden Shadows dogwood tree in a landscape
A single Golden Shadows pagoda dogwood tree planted near a house with a blooming wisteria in the background
Cornus Golden Shadows has variegated leaves with a blend of greens and yellows
Golden Shadows Pagoda Dogwood has lacy clusters of white flowers in the spring

Cornus Golden Shadows® - Pagoda Dogwood

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Golden Shadows pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia) is the perfect small tree to accentuate your landscape or garden. Called "pagoda dogwood" because of its elegant, strongly horizontal branching, it offers not only a striking shape but also striking color. Each variegated leaf is a blend of greens and yellows that give it a glowing, illuminated look. In spring, lacy clusters of white flowers celebrate the season. 

Golden Shadows dogwood does best in light shade, particularly in warmer climates. We offer this variety because there are few prettier small trees, and because the foliage of this native plant hosts the larvae of the spring and summer azure butterflies; flowers also welcome the American snout butterfly. What a great plant!

Vital details:

Plant size: 10-12'/3-3.6m tall and wide

Light: part sun (4-6 hrs/day) is best

Hardiness: USDA zone 3-8 (Find your hardiness zone)

Pollinator value: Flowers attract American snout butterflies; foliage hosts spring and summer azure larvae.

Notable features: small tree, native, variegated.

Pot size: one quart

Plant name: Cornus alternifolia 'Wstackman' pp#11,287

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
ileen D.
beautiful plant

beautiful leaves.

Mo K.
Arrived as a stubby twig which died

I have ordered several plants online and this was by far, the worst. It came with no leaves and just a 4” tall stem.

Lisa L.
It died within days

Plant died within days, and I'm a pretty experienced gardener.

Hello Lisa! I'm sorry to hear your new plant didn't survive. We offer a 30 day guarantee and are happy to replace or refund all plants that don't survive their first 30 days in your garden. You can start a claim by contacting us at claims@greatgardenplants.com.


Michael Z.
Dead Dogwood

Planted it immediately in a shady spot with good soil. It arrived in a well packaged, good condition -- but the tiny $20 plant only had two or three leaves. It seemed ok at first, but immediately started dropping leaves and died within a few days. Nearby shrubs are doing fine.

Donna M.
Not sure what to think

The folks at Great Garden Plants get points for being very cooperative and helpful, as this dogwood ended up being backordered -- so they sent the rest of the order and did not charge separate shipping when the dogwood was ready to ship. It arrived in apparently good condition -- but very small; just two or three inches tall with a few leaves. It seemed fine at first, but has now dropped its leaves. Not sure what happened. I have it in netting to protect it from cicadas and deer. Continuing to care for it in hopes it will come back. (The rest of the order turned out better, though. So maybe this one is just bad luck.)