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.
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
Skill level: Beginner
Time to take cuttings: November to February
Flowering period: May to June
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