Summer Gold Chinese Dogwood
The Most Gorgeous Chinese Dogwood!
Without a doubt the most colorfully variegated Chinese Dogwood yet, 'Summer Gold' sports golden-edged leaves in spring, flashes of pink on summer foliage, and autumn leaves of brilliant red! Add to this its creamy-white blooms, upright habit, and compact stature, and you have an exceptionally lovely all-season tree.
In spring the new mid-green foliage unfurls with broad golden edges. Unlike many C. kousa cultivars, the leaves are not crinkled -- only pleasingly rippled, adding texture to the display. In mid-spring (in most climates), the beautiful foliage is complemented by masses of creamy-white blooms, which remain for weeks.
The summer foliage is lovely, with flashes and blushes of bright pink. But the really dramatic show arrives with the cooler weather in autumn, when the entire leaf turns an intense shade of crimson, remaining on the tree for several weeks before dropping.
Very compact, 'Summer Gold' reaches just 8 feet high and 4 feet wide after a decade's growth. It is vigorous and well-branched, with an upright habit that will not flop or weep. Even the bare winter silhouette is attractive, with its crocodile-skin patterned bark.
Demonstrating good cold-hardiness, this is a tree to be treasured as a specimen, border standout, or woodland accent. Do add it to your garden now! Zones 4-8.
|Zone||4 - 8|
|Bloom Season||Mid Spring|
|Plant Height||8 ft|
|Plant Width||4 ft|
|Additional Characteristics||Bird Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Fall Color, Flower, Variegated|
|Bloom Color||Cream, White|
|Foliage Color||Gold, Medium Green, Pink, Red, Variegated|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant|
|Soil Tolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy|
|Uses||Border, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Specimen|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Florida|
The dry, sparse appearance of bareroot perennials can be alarming to the novice gardener, but in reality ordering bare root is often the smarter choice. Foliage and blooms can be seductive, but the health and long-term potential of a plant truly lies in its roots. Bareroot plants have several advantages over plants in containers—bare roots are less likely to be harmed in the shipping process, their timing is easier to control, and they are field-grown for larger, healthier root systems. This why Wayside Gardens has had great success with bare root plants, and you can too!
It is safer to ship plants in bareroot form because there is no risk in harming new growth, and therefore the plant actually has a better chance of making it safely into the customer’s garden.
And thanks to refrigerated storage, the timing of bareroot perennials can be precisely controlled. “(Bareroot perennials) are dormant,” explains JPPA Lead Horticulturist Benjamin Chester, “But as soon as they leave the refrigerated storage they’ll begin breaking dormancy.” And once the plant ‘wakes up’, it is ready to begin the growing season in earnest, which means it will quickly catch up to the level of container plants.
The most important benefit of bareroot perennials is that they can be field grown rather than confined to containers. The bareroot Cherry Cheesecake Hibiscus pictured hereperfectly illustrates the difference between a field-grown perennial and a containerized one. Wayside Gardens used to offer this variety in a quart container, like the Monarda next to it. But the Hibiscus was simply too cramped in that space, so Wayside switched to growing it in the earth and selling it bare root. The result is a thick, fibrous mass of roots that used to fill up several cubic feet of soil and which, even in its bare, pruned form would be too large to fit back into the 1 Quart container. What a difference a little space makes! While small and slow-growing cultivars can start well in containers, large and vigorous cultivars need more room to stretch out and develop a solid root system.