Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’

Scientific name: Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’

Synonym: Cornus alba ‘Albovariegata’  , Cornus alba ‘Argenteo-marginata’


Common names: “Variegated redtwig dogwood”

Plant Type: Deciduous shrub


Zone: 2-8

Light: Full sun for best colour – semi-shade

Exposure: Exposed or sheltered

Soil: Prefers acidic soils with less clay

Moisture: Moist – damp well drained


Plant Size: 10′ H & W

Leaf and Stem shape: Deep red stems and grey-green, white-margined narrowly ovate leaves

Flower: Small creamy white flowers with flat tops, followed by white berries

Pruning: Minimal, coppice annually in April after last frost for best colour

Maintenance: Low, can be cut back to 2-3 buds every year and fertilized in April

Landscape use: Low maintenance, mixed shrub border, hedgerows

Propagate: By cuttings

Pests & Disease: Generally healthy

Comments: ~AGM winner


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