Cornus alba 'Bud's Yellow'

Siberian Dogwood

Plant Type:


Cornus alba 'Bud's Yellow' (syn. Swida alba 'Bud's Yellow') - ​3 available. These are hefty and will arrive pruned so as to bush up with multiple stems which are likely to flower this season. Bright green summer twigs metamorphose to a beautiful bright yellow as the foliage turns golden and drops in autumn. The yellow stems hold the showy yellow all through the winter until new growth occurs in spring. Solid green leaves emerge and develop rich, dark green as stems change back to bright green. Late spring brings flattened coins of white to cream white flowers which develop beautiful white berries... if you get to see them. The birds love them and will readily harvest them often before they mature. 'Bud's Yellow' is disease / canker resistant and very vigorous. Best stem color is on youngest wood so an annual pruning will provide you with the best winter interest. This will also keep your shrub shorter and fuller. 'Bud's Yellow' is a good contrast plant especially in the winter garden but is handsome and useful all-the-year-round. Fertile soil in full sun for best performance though it will tolerate some shade. It will even do well in sun planted on an embankment at pond's edge. Cornus alba originates in Asia, 'Bud's Yellow' was selected in Canada. Established pot grown shrub from cutting.


5-8 ft


5-8 ft




(3)4 to 7(8?)
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Characteristics and Attributes for Cornus alba 'Bud's Yellow'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Colored

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads
  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Songbirds
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Screen
  • Border
  • Accent
  • Labyrinth
  • Massing
  • Shrub Border
  • Specimen
  • Hedge
  • Cutting Garden
  • Foundation
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Hedgerow

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Draining
  • Fertile
  • Moist


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Cornus

Cornus. The Dogwoods come in many sizes – low growing shrubs to rounded trees. Many have beautiful winter wood, beautiful flowers and berries for wildlife. Most have terrific fall foliage color. They are indispensable in a garden with almost all species and cultivars sporting 4 seasons of interest. All prefer fertile soils that retain some moisture between rainfalls. Many if not all are a presently a botanical Latin taxonomic tangle. In fact, taxonomists have been very busy renaming both trees and shrubs to the point that they have managed to do to Dogwoods what they foisted upon Asters. For the nursery owner the outcome is nothing but a monstrous tangle of confusion for nurseries and customers alike. And as much as I rail against common names I now use the word "aster" as I utilize "dogwood" for the sake and ease of lubricated communication. Ours are being offered under monikers that are currently embraced by most folks in the industry but followed parenthetically with the swanky new names foisted upon us all by the taxonomists... those elusive, ghostly beings who secretly impose as do the FISA court judges in the U.S. (Uh oh, they've begun an FBI folder on me!!!) We take many of our cues from the esteemed Michael Dirr... not regarding FISA courts or the FBI. You know what I mean. All of our offerings are cutting grown.