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01/07/2012 at 10:09

Hi, moved into a house with an established garden 18months ago, there was a very overgrown what I think is a variagated dogwood which I ended up pruning right back to the soil almost. It now seems to be growing quite well except that some of the newer shoots that are red in colour have only white leaves on them and not the variagated green and white. What is the problem and should I cut them out.

01/07/2012 at 10:14

Hi Joan,

It would help if you could post a photo.  Some varieties of cornus are grown not only for the leaf and stem colour, but also have large creamy white flower bracts - is this a possible explanation?

02/07/2012 at 01:16

You are lucky, the main complaint is usually that the shrub is reverting to green.

Don't worry you should get variagation as the shoots mature.

06/07/2012 at 13:11

thanks for replies, definitely not flower bracts but will adopt a bit of a wait and see attitude I think as much too wet to go into the garden anyway!!!!

30/07/2012 at 19:09
Could it be Cornus elegantissima......a red stemmed dogwood with green and white leaves. Often in spring when I cut it to the ground the first few leaves are white. I grow Cornus aurea has yellow leaves right through the summer and looks good with eucalyptus gunnii
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