Cornus alba 'Aurea'

Red-barked dogwood

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Colourful bark, Flowers



Skill level


Cornus alba 'Aurea'

Plant details

Colourful-barked dogwoods are typically grown for winter colour, when their colourful, leafless stems shine like beacons in the bare winter garden. Cornus alba hails from Siberia, north China and Korea, and is too vigorous for most gardens, but cultivars are much less vigorous. If left unpruned, it will grow into a medium-sized bushy shrub, but it is easy to restrict growth with regular pruning. 

Cornus alba has deep red stems, greyish green, white-margined leaves, small, creamy-white flowers and dark red berries. It's tolerant of a wide range of soil types, and produces the brightest winter bark when planted in full sun. It looks fantastic when planted with evergreen shrubs and among spring flowers. For the best show of red stems in autumn, cut them back hard each March.

Family: Cornaceae

Genus: Cornus

Species: alba

Cultivar: Aurea

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour, Colourful bark, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to take cuttings: November to February

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Thank you for the above information re dogwood however when you say spring do you mean early spring or late spring, thank you.

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