Cornus alternifolia ‘Wstackman’ (Golden Shadow Pagoda Dogwood)

Cornus alternifolia ‘Wstackman’ (Golden Shadow Pagoda Dogwood)

Height: 12 feet

Spread: 15 feet

Sunlight:  full shade to full sun

Hardiness Zone: 3b


A stunning accent shrub if there ever was one, with amazing golden-variegated foliage held on distinctive horizontally-tiered branches; white flowers in spring, blue berries in summer; quite fussy, needs a cool sheltered site, also prefers acidic soil

Ornamental Attributes:

The Golden Shadow Pagoda Dogwood has clusters of fragrant creamy white flowers held atop the branches in late spring. It has attractive yellow-variegated light green foliage which emerges scarlet in spring. The pointy leaves are ornamentally significant but do not develop any appreciable fall colour. It produces navy blue berries in mid summer. The smooth gray bark is not particularly outstanding.

Landscape Attributes:

The Golden Shadow Pagoda Dogwood is an open multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a stunning habit of growth which features almost oriental horizontally-tiered branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

The Golden Shadow Pagoda Dogwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Accent

Plant Characteristics:

The Golden Shadow Pagoda Dogwood will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils.