Cornus alba 'Sibirica Variegata'

Red-barked dogwood

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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Colourful bark, Flowers



Skill level


photo by Carole Drake, copyright GAP Photos (204746)

Plant details

This variety works hard for its place in the garden. From spring to autumn, it has beautiful variegated foliage which makes a great background to set off other plants in the border. This turns stunning shades of red before it falls to reveal the bright red stems which adds colour to the winter garden. Tolerant of a wide range of soils, it produces the brightest winter bark when planted in full sun. To keep the size of the plant in check and to encourage the most colourful bark, remove a third of the stems back to ground level each spring.

Family: Cornaceae

Genus: Cornus

Species: alba

Cultivar: Sibirica Variegata

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Silver variegation

Feature: Autumn colour, Colourful bark, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

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

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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