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Golden Shadows® Pagoda Dogwood

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Gardeners hear about layering in the landscape all the time and Golden Shadows pagoda dogwood gets the job done. Dogwoods generally have strong horizontal branching and this one fills that role and more. It has gold and green variegated leaves to add to its beauty. Even in winter, the tree’s horizontal branching adds beauty to the landscape. Golden Shadows gets 10 to 12 feet tall and wide.

Golden Shadows is striking as a specimen or focal point in the landscape. It’s a perfect size, too, for planting under utility lines. In spring, it has lacy white flowers. In summer, attractive dark fruit forms and looks lovely next to the tree’s pink tinged leaves of fall. Pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia) is deer resistant. If you look at the branches of this tree, you’ll note the leaves are alternative, which is described in its scientific name. Although pagoda dogwood is its common name, it is a North America native plant. Its common name pagoda reflects the tree growth pattern, which is similar to the shape of the Asian religious structures.

Golden Shadows® Pagoda Dogwood Care

Plant in light shade or morning sun. The hotter your climate, the more shade the tree will need. The plant has average water needs and does not require fertilizer. If you do want to add fertilizer, add a slow release fertilizer in the spring according to directions.

Pruning Golden Shadows dogwood is not necessary. But, if there should be an occasional reversion to all green leaves, you can cut out that branch. This is normal in many plants with variegated leaves.

Golden Shadows® Pagoda Dogwood Spacing

Take into account the mature height and width of this plant. Golden Shadows, like most pagoda dogwoods, will have a wide stance. Planting for its mature height and width reduces or eliminates any pruning duties. It could be used as a thriller in a large container for a season or two, but eventually the tree may need transplanting to the ground.

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.