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Regional Picks: Color in the Shade – Southeast

Fine Gardening - Issue 147



Variegated pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia ‘Argentea’)

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8

Size: 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide

Conditions: Morning sun and afternoon shade; moist soil

My first encounter with this bright cultivar was in a private garden near Auburn, Alabama, where it appeared to glow in the late afternoon. Though it is a tree, variegated pagoda dogwood is shrublike in habit, with multiple stems and horizontal branching. The variegation is best when grown in morning sun and afternoon shade; the leaves may scorch in strong afternoon sunlight. The warmer the climate, the more shade the plant needs.


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