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Golden Japanese Spikenard 'Sun King' - 2 Gal.


Cornus amomum 'Cayenne'

‘Sun King’ is brilliant from the start with bright yellow leaves that emerge in mid spring. These leaves are held on contrasting reddish stems. In summer 2' spikes of tiny white flowers are produced, followed by deep purplish black, berries that are enjoyed by many birds in the fall. Perfect for morning sun/afternoon shade areas.  Foliage retains its bright yellow color all season and looks especially nice in the semi-shaded garden planted behind hostas and ferns. Superb alone or grouped.

Plant Details

Zone: 4 - 8

Mature Size: 3-6ft High x 3-6ft Wide

Growing Tips

Best grown in moist well-drained soils in part shade. Feed yearly with an organic fertilizer. Cut back hard after hard freeze in fall. If given at least a few hours of sun a day, the foliage will remain yellow all summer.  In heavier shade, the foliage ranges from chartreuse to lime green.

Sun Exposure: Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Availability and quality confirmed as of Sunday, November 17 2019

Wondering what the #1, #2, #15 mean? The nursery industry uses these numbers to identify pot size. Wondering what size to buy? Check out this handy container comparison picture below. 

Plant Size Guide

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