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Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'


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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Colourful bark, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Jo Whitworth, copyright GAP Photos (53323)

Plant details

This vigorous upright shrub is a good-value plant for a garden. It has attractive, grey-green variegated leaves in summer. In autumn its leaves turn reddish-orange before they drop. Flowers are followed by white, often blue-tinged fruit. In winter its bright-red stems bring a welcome dash of colour. Fully hardy, it prefers full sun to partial shade in moderately fertile soil. In March, cut the stems back hard to within 5-7cm from the ground and apply a generous layer of mulch around the base of the plant. This plant works particularly well with other purple or orange stemmed varieties of dogwood.

Family: Cornaceae

Genus: Cornus

Species: alba

Cultivar: Elegantissima

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Silver variegation

Feature: Colourful bark, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to take cuttings: November to February

Flowering period: May to June

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