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Swida sericea ‘Silver and Gold’

Native Plants

Silver and Gold Red-Osier Dogwood

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A Mt. Cuba Center Plant Introduction.  Silver and Gold red-osier dogwood is a medium sized shrub that grows approximately 8′ tall. This particular cultivar is grown for its beautifully variegated leaves as well as its bright yellow stems during the winter months. Periodic pruning of the oldest stems is recommended in order to maintain the bright winter coloring that is most pronounced on younger stems. Red-osier dogwood is a very adaptable shrub and can be grown in full sun-part shade and a variety of soil types, but does prefer moist soils. White flowers are borne and late spring but are often not very showy. Silver and Gold red-osier dogwood is a good companion when planted with Comptonia peregrina, Rhus aromatica, Clematis viorna, Coreopsis verticillata, Phlox paniculata, Schizachyrium scoparium, and Amsonia species.
Cornus sericea ‘Silver and Gold’  was found as a branch sport of Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’ and introduced by Mt. Cuba Center in 1988. It also won the prestigious Styer Award of Garden Merit in 1990 from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

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  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun, partial-shade 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, moist 
  • Flowering Period
  • Soil PH
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Other Scientific Names

    Cornus sericea ‘Silver and Gold’

    Cornus stolonifera

  • Fall Foliage Color
    purple, red 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    not-showy, white 

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Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Info