Golden Chalice Chinese Dogwood
Cornus kousa 'Galzam'
Golden Chalice Chinese Dogwood foliage
(Photo courtesy of Lake County Nursery)
Height: 20 feet
Spread: 20 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4b
Other Names: Kousa Dogwood
A lovely small broad-spreading feature tree with ravishing gold-edged foliage and large white bracted flowers in late spring which last for several weeks; vigorous and tolerant of most soils except very wet or dry
Golden Chalice Chinese Dogwood features showy clusters of white flowers with white bracts held atop the branches in late spring. It features an abundance of magnificent crimson berries from early to mid fall. It has gold-variegated green foliage throughout the season. The glossy pointy leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall. The peeling gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.
Golden Chalice Chinese 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 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. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Golden Chalice Chinese Dogwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Golden Chalice Chinese 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 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.
This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate 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 somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, 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 selected variety of a species not originally from North America.