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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' tall and wide

Light: part sun (4-6 hrs/day) is best

Water: Moist, well drained

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 8 reviews
Steve J.
Golden Shadows Dogwood

I just planted two, but I'm optimistic that they'll flourish. I have multiple Pagoda Dogwoods around. The birds love the seeds and nearly always beat me to collecting for planting.

DOA Dead on Arrival.

Arrived in PATHETIC shape. Not healthy, very small, overly packaged, impossible to get plastic off of it. I Coddled it along for 2 mos to no avail as of yet. We'll see. It will probably survive, but doubt it will thrive and grow, off to such a bad start.

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