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Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'

Dogwood

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour

White

Feature

Colourful bark, Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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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