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Cornus canadensis

Creeping dogwood

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


Cornus canadensis

Plant details

Holder of the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM), this rarely seen perennial is a good choice for groundcover in a sunny or partially shaded spot with moist, acidic soil. Found growing wild in northern Asia and from the USA to Greenland, it produces beautiful white bracts from late spring to early summer which are followed by bright red fruit.

Family: Cornaceae

Genus: Cornus

Species: canadensis

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 15cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

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