Cornus sericea 'Silver and Gold'
Variegated Yellowtwig Dogwood
 
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Family: Dogwood Family (Cornaceae)
Native Habitat:
   

'Silver and Gold' is the yellow-stem counterpart to Cornus 'Elegantissima', and like 'Elegantissima' it is a colorful shrub with year-round interest. It originated as a mutation on Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’ at Mt. Cuba Center, Greenville, Delaware and was introduced by them in 1987. Mt. Cuba Center (www.mtcubacenter.org) is an outstanding horticultural institution in northern Delaware dedicated to the study, conservation, and appreciation of plants native to the Appalachian Piedmont region.

In spring the bright variegated foliage emerges and is followed in May by the 2", yellowish, flat-toped flower clusters. The flowers are a nice addition but certainly not of the quality of other dogwood such as Flowering Dogwood. The bold variegated foliage is attractive spring, summer, and well into fall.

During the growing season the stems are greenish with just a tinge of yellow. As cold weather arrives in late fall they begin to take on their bright yellow winter color. Mass plantings are beautiful in winter.

Ornamental Characteristics:
Bright variegated foliage with irregular white margins and green centers. Yellowish 2" bloom clusters in May. Bright yellow winter stems.
Habit & Growth Rate:
Fast growing to 5 or 6 ft. tall.
Landscape Uses:
Shrub border. Masses. Foundation planting if kept pruned.
Hardiness:
Zone 3 to 7.
Culture:
Full sun to medium shade. Average to moist garden soil. Looks best with yearly pruning and shaping. Prune 2 to 3 year stems to the ground in late winter to encourage new stems displaying brightly colored bark.
Awards:
Gold Medal Plant Award, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society