• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate grower, 6-8 ft. tall, 4-6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Year-round Interest
    Blooms:
    Late spring to summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:KOR-nus AL-ba el-e-gan-TIS-i-ma
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 9, 14 - 24
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower, 6-8 ft. tall, 4-6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Late spring to summer
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    Design IdeasPlant among low-growing evergreen shrubs with contrasting colors of lime, yellow and gold to help the blood-red stems of the Dogwood stand out in the winter landscape. Site next to ponds for a colorful reflection or plant in mass as an eye-catching front border to a natural wooded area. Cut down the stem in late winter for a new flush of red growth.
    Companion PlantsPlant with Peony, Holly, Mukdenia and Camellia in an Asian tranquility garden. Low growing evergreen shrubs with yellow foliage like Golden Privet, Arborvitae and Juniper offset the red stems well in winter. A variety of naturalizing perennials like Houttuynia, Black-eyed Susan and Deutzia all complement the variegated leaves and colorful stems.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Cornus alba is native to Siberia and Northern China. The word Dogwood comes from dagwood, due to the use of their slender stems to make daggers or skewers. The first tennis racket designs were made from thin strips of the Dogwood bark. The berries are slightly toxic to humans, but are a favorite of many bird species.