• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Moderate grower, 6-8 ft. tall, 4-6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Year-round Interest
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    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:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    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.