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Cornus alba 'Aurea'

Red-barked dogwood

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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Colourful bark, Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Paul Debois, copyright GAP Photos (52255)

Plant details

A Siberian and Korean shrub, this is very vigorous and eventually makes a large plant if not pruned regularly. Hard pruning helps to rejuvenate plants and replace old, dull stems with brightly coloured young growth. The species has fine, red stems in autumn and winter, but is too vigorous for many gardens. Garden varieties are more restrained, and 'Aurea' is one of the best, combining winter colour with the soft greenish-yellow of its foliage in summer. To get the benefit of both, cut down one third of stems each spring. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Cornaceae

Genus: Cornus

Species: alba

Cultivar: Aurea

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Golden

Feature: Autumn colour, Colourful bark, Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Spread: 400cm

Time to take cuttings: November to February

Flowering period: May to June

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