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Cornus alba Aurea


Golden Tartarean Dogwood

Brilliant red stems throughout the winter

This beautiful Dogwood really is a plant for all seasons and so easy to grow in your garden. The bare, deep-red branches make an upright feature through the winter months and in spring the soft yellow leaves appear, deepening to golden yellow as they age and glowing in a part-shaded spot. Flat clusters of white flowers appear in early summer and are sometimes followed by blue-white berries.


Dogwoods love part shade and soil which isn't too dry in summer - they'll even grow in soil that's permanently wet so look great in a bog garden or in heavy soil near a pond.


Plant in groups of three or five if you have room - the bare stems will be a dramatic addition to your garden in winter. Cut back the plants to a few inches above the ground every other year in late winter to maintain the best bark colour.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering March - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 150 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 150 cm - 250 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 130 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Flower border and beds

Typically available

From March to September