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Swida sericea ‘Silver and Gold’

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Silver and Gold Red-Osier Dogwood

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A Mt. Cuba Center Plant Introduction. Silver and Gold red osier dogwood (Swida sericea ‘Silver and Gold’) 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 to maintain the bright winter color that is most pronounced on younger stems. This dogwood is a very adaptable shrub and can be grown in full sunto part shade and in a variety of soil types, but it prefers moist soil. White flowers are borne in late spring but are often not very showy. Silver and Gold redosier dogwood is a good companion when planted with sweet-fern (Comptonia peregrina), fragrant sumac (Rhus aromatica), northern leatherflower (Clematis viorna), whorled tickseed (Coreopsis verticillata), garden phlox (Phlox paniculata), little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), and bluestars (Amsonia spp.). Formerly known as Cornus sericea ‘Silver and Gold’. Zones 3-8. 

Silver and Gold redosier dogwood 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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  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
  • 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