Cornus alternifolia ‘Argentea’
variegated pagoda dogwood
Cornus alternifolia ‘Argentea’ brings an outstanding structural element to a garden with its tiered form and bright variegation. The superlative white-edged, green leaves glow in the landscape and would be a stunning addition to the garden. It offers a distinctive branching pattern, and white flowers in late spring but it rarely berries in the Pacific Northwest. Reddish-purple twigs contrast wonderfully with the foliage.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: purple, bronze
Great Color Partners: white, dark green
Culture NotesPlant this small tree in a moist, well-drained soil with light or open shade. It can be adaptable to sandy soils and clay with regular watering during dry weather. As it is noted for its beautifully layered, low branches, it should be planted where it has plenty of room to spread. The lovely layered form can easily be ruined by pruning. Consult an experienced pruner or take local classes before attempting to prune.
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Plant Type: tree
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 20 ft. 0 in. (6.10 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9
Flower Color: white
Sun/Light Exposure: light to open shade
Water Requirements: regular watering in well drained soil, clay, or sandy soil