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Cornus sanguinea

Common dogwood

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Key information

Plant type

Native shrub

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Colourful bark



Skill level


Cornus sanguinea

Plant details

Grown for its colourful red winter stems, this deciduous shrub also produces a beautiful autumnd display when its leaves turn red before they fall. 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

Plant type: Native shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour, Colourful bark

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Spread: 240cm

Time to take cuttings: November to February

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