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Golden Nugget Flowering Dogwood*

Cornus florida 'Golden Nugget'

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Golden Nugget Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida 'Golden Nugget') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Golden Nugget Flowering Dogwood

Golden Nugget Flowering Dogwood

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Golden Nugget Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida 'Golden Nugget') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Golden Nugget Flowering Dogwood foliage

Golden Nugget Flowering Dogwood foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5


Prized for bright green and gold variegated foliage that holds up well in full sun; covered in near-white bracts in spring followed by red fruit in summer and then lovely red fall color; a small tree with a broadly pyramidal form and layered branches

Ornamental Features

Golden Nugget Flowering Dogwood features showy bracted creamy white flowers with white bracts held atop the branches in mid spring. It has attractive gold-variegated green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding dark red in the fall. It produces red berries from early to late fall. The warty gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Golden Nugget Flowering Dogwood is a multi-stemmed deciduous tree with a stunning habit of growth which features almost oriental horizontally-tiered branches. 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 should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. 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

Golden Nugget Flowering Dogwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Golden Nugget Flowering Dogwood will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 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.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

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