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Variegated Red Twig Dogwood

Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'

Pronunciation: KOR-nus AL-ba el-e-gan-TIS-i-ma
SKU #02773

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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.
Deciduous/Evergreen Deciduous
Special Features Attractive Bark, Dramatic Foliage Color, Fall Color, Ornamental Berries, Benefits Birds
Growth Rate Moderate
Growth Habit Upright
Flower Attributes Fragrant
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.
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Variegated
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.

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