Variegated Red Twig Dogwood

Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'

SKU
02773
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.
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Botanical PronunciationKOR-nus AL-ba el-e-gan-TIS-i-ma
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeLate Spring to Summer
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFragrant
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleContemporary, Cottage, Rustic
Growth HabitErect
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Erosion Control, Hedge, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Very Wet Areas, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureAttractive Bark, Dramatic Foliage Color, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Naturalizes Well, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Alkaline Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly, Tolerates Urban Pollution
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsBoxwood (Buxus); Ninebark (Physocarpus); Spirea (Spiraea); Weigela (Weigela); Rose (Rosa)

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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