Autumn Gold Flowering Dogwood

Cornus florida 'Autumn Gold'

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Autumn Gold Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida 'Autumn Gold') at Caan Floral & Greenhouse

Autumn Gold Flowering Dogwood

Autumn Gold Flowering Dogwood

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Autumn Gold Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida 'Autumn Gold') at Caan Floral & Greenhouse

Autumn Gold Flowering Dogwood foliage

Autumn Gold Flowering Dogwood foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  15 feet

Spread:  12 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b


This variety has two unique characteristics; golden-yellow fall foliage tinged with red, and pale yellow branches for winter interest; covered in white flowers in spring; requires rich, well-drained acidic soil and adequate moisture

Ornamental Features

Autumn Gold Flowering Dogwood features showy clusters of creamy white flowers with white bracts held atop the branches in mid spring. It has attractive forest green foliage throughout the season. The glossy pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding yellow in the fall. It features an abundance of magnificent crimson berries from early to late fall. The warty gray bark and buttery yellow branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Autumn Gold Flowering Dogwood is a multi-stemmed deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects
  • Disease

Autumn Gold Flowering Dogwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Autumn Gold Flowering Dogwood will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Garden 
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Bark  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features