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Cornus sanguinea 'Winter Beauty'

Common dogwood

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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Colourful bark, Flowers



Skill level


photo by Elke Borkowski, copyright GAP Photos (313720)

Plant details

This deciduous shrub provides superb autumn colour, as well as winter interest, in the garden. The mid-green leaves turn a vibrant golden red in autumn and stunning orange winter stems have vibrant red tips. Once the leaves have fallen the beautiful orange-yellow bare stems put on a fine winter display. It will eventually make a large plant if not pruned regularly. Pruning also helps to rejuvenate plants and replace old dull stems with brighter coloured young growth. In April, cut back the stems to within two or three buds from the base.

Family: Cornaceae

Genus: Cornus

Species: sanguinea

Cultivar: Winter Beauty

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, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Spread: 250cm

Time to take cuttings: November to February

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