Variegated Red Twig Dogwood
Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'
|Description||Variegated leaves, attractive berries, stunning fall color and showy red stems in winter make this a wonderful shrub for all seasons! Vigorous and adaptable, naturally forms a thicket of upright, blood red stems. White berries are often tinged blue or green. Ideal for naturalizing. Best color in full sun. Deciduous.|
|Light||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Watering||Keep soil moist.|
|Blooms||Late Spring to Summer|
|Mature Size||Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.|
|Landscape Use||Border, Hedge, Privacy Screen|
|Design Ideas||Plant 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 Plants||Boxwood (Buxus); Ninebark (Physocarpus); Spirea (Spiraea); Weigela (Weigela); Rose (Rosa)|
|Care||Prefers enriched, evenly moist, well-drained soils but highly adaptable; tolerates dry conditions and wet soils once established. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Fertilize in spring. To encourage bright red stems, hard prune one-third of oldest stems annually in late winter.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 2-8
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