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Cornus alba 'Byboughen' NEON BURST is often confused with:
Cornus sericea Cornus sericea red stem
Native alternative(s) for Cornus alba 'Byboughen' NEON BURST:
Cornus sericea Cornus sericea red stem
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Halesia carolina Full Form
Salvia rosmarinus Rosmarinus officinalis
Viola sororia Viola papilionacea

Cornus alba 'Byboughen' NEON BURST

Phonetic Spelling
KOR-nus AL-ba
Description

'Byboughen' NEON BURST is a Tartarian dogwood cultivar.  It is a compact shrub that grows 4 to 5 feet tall and wide, and it has an upright to rounded habit. The distinctive feature of this shrub is the bright yellow to chartreuse leaves during the spring and summer and the bright red stems during the winter. 

The species plant, Cornus alba or Tatarian dogwood is a native of eastern and central Asia or in areas inhabited by Tatars. Tatars are members of the Turkic ethnic group that live in Tartarstan, parts of Russia, and Ukraine.

The genus name, Cornus, is from the Latin word, cornu, which means 'horn,' referencing the hardness of the wood. The species name, alba, means 'white.' This references the white fruits of this species.  

The shrub prefers full sun to partial shade and is resistant to scorching in full sun. This species is tolerant to a wide range of soil conditions, but it is best grown in rich, moist, and well-drained soils. The bright red color appears on the new stems. In the spring, the oldest stems should be removed to encourage new growth. It is a rapid grower and is tolerant of urban pollution.

The 'Byboughen' NEON BRUST dogwood has coppery bronze foliage in the spring and bright yellow to chartreuse during the summer. The fall foliage is in shades of gold, red, and deep purple. The small white flowers appear in clusters in mid-spring. The stems are scarlet red and are very showy during the winter.

Reportedly, 'Byboughen' NEON BURST was discovered as a branch mutation on another cultivar of Cornus alba, known as "Morden Amber.'

The Tatarian dogwood is very similar to the red twig dogwood.

Consider the NEON BURST dogwood to add four seasons of interest to your garden. This low-maintenance shrub may be used as an accent or planted in mass as a hedge or screen. It may also be planted in a naturalized setting.

Seasons of interest:

Foliage:  Spring, Summer, Fall         Bloom:  Spring               Twigs:  Winter

Quick ID Hints:

  • shrub with an erect and rounded habit
  • copper bronze foliage in the spring
  • bright yellow to chartreuse foliage in the summer
  • gold, red, and deep purple foliage in the fall
  • small white flowers in clusters in mid-spring
  • scarlet red stems during the winter

Insects, Diseases, and Other Problems:  Possible insect pests may include scale, leaf miners, and borers. Potential diseases include leaf spot, twig and leaf blights, and canker.

More information on Cornus alba.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#full sun tolerant#white flowers#deciduous shrub#yellow leaves#winter interest#fall interest#accent plant#mass planting#flowering shrub#foundation planting#red stems#summer interest#border planting#spring interest#screening#pollinator plant#naturalized area#wet soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant#partial shade tolerant#pollinator garden#shrub borders#compact
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cornus
    Species:
    alba
    Family:
    Cornaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central and Eastern Asia
    Distribution:
    Species native to Central European Russia, China North Central, China Southeast, East European Russia, Inner Mongolia, Korea, North European Russia, and West Siberia; Introduced: Europe-Bulgaria; US-IL
    Wildlife Value:
    The flowers attract pollinators.
    Play Value:
    Colorful
    Screening
    Dimensions:
    Height: 4 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    2a, 2b, 3b, 3a, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7b, 7a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Insignificant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Small white flowers appear in terminal clusters in spring and are not particularly ornamental.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    The spring foliage color is coppery bronze, and the summer foliage is a bright yellow to chartreuse. The fall leaf color is in shades of purple, red, and gold.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    The winter stems are scarlet red.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Heat
    Urban Conditions