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Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'

Red-barked dogwood

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Colourful bark, Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'

Plant details

Cornus alba hails from Siberia, north China and Korea, and is grown for its spectacular coloured stems in autumn and winter. The species is too vigorous for most gardens, but cultivars are much less vigorous. If left unpruned, Cornus alba 'Elegantissima' will grow into a medium-sized bushy shrub, but it is easy to restrict growth with regular pruning. This cultivar 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.

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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