The dogwoods comprise a group of 30-50 species of shrubs and trees in the family Cornaceae. And almost any of these could make a contribution to a garden, even the most rustic woodland member. But the most popular dogwood is the American flowering dogwood, or Cornus florida. This gem of a tree has long been considered one of the most desirable flowering trees available, noted for its flower, its pretty fruit, rich fall foliage and its elegantly tiered branches. But, not content with perfection, breeders have steadily worked away at new bloom colors, greater vigor and new form, and one of these new cultivars is definitely getting a lot of attention. This is the stunning new Autumn Gold dogwood, or Cornus florida 'Autumn Gold'. It is blessed with two characteristics new to flowering dogwoods: vibrant yellow fall color instead of the normal red and purple, and lovely solid yellow stems and branchlets, which add winter beauty. Of course, it still has the pretty white bracts and flowers in spring and the form is typically dogwood. But as its name implies, the autumn foliage is outstanding. The primary color is yellow, and not a flat yellow, but a vibrant yellow, with highlights of pink and orange, and as the season progresses these colors give way to scarlet.
Autumn Gold dogwood is a slow grower that starts with an upright structure that eventually spreads to form a flat-toped small tree of 12 to 15 feet in height with a spread of 8 to 12 feet..

As of now it is not commonly available, and is certainly not found in the high volume discount nurseries, but it is available in the more select mail-order tree nurseries. It does exceedingly well in moist, acidic soil in part shade to full sun. The colder the climate the more light exposure is preferred. It does well throughout the UK, most of the US and Australia and New Zealand.

A cousin, the Kousa dogwood, is also quite beautiful as is the stunning Purple Glory dogwood, or Cornus florida ‘Purple Glory’.

Autumn Gold dogwood


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