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Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'

Red-barked dogwood

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour

White

Feature

Autumn colour, Colourful bark, Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'

Plant details

Colourful-barked dogwoods are typically grown for winter colour, when their colourful, leafless stems shine like beacons in the bare winter garden. Cornus alba hails from Siberia, north China and Korea, and is too vigorous for most gardens, but cultivars are much less vigorous. If left unpruned, it will grow into a medium-sized bushy shrub, but it is easy to restrict growth with regular pruning. 

Cornus alba 'Elegantissima' has deep red stems, greyish green, white-margined leaves, small, creamy-white flowers and dark red berries. For the best show of red stems in autumn, cut them back hard each March. It's tolerant of a wide range of soil types, and produces the brightest winter bark when planted in full sun. It looks fantastic when planted with evergreen shrubs and among spring flowers. For the best show of red stems in autumn, cut them back hard each March.

Family: Cornaceae

Genus: Cornus

Species: alba

Cultivar: Elegantissima

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Golden

Feature: Autumn colour, Colourful bark, Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Spread: 400cm

Time to take cuttings: November to February

Flowering period: May to June


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