Cornus alba'Elegantissima'
Garden Plant Information

cornus alba elegantissima

 

cornus alba elegantissima flower

 

Name

Cornus alba 'Elegantissima' (also called variegated Dogwood)

Genus  

Cornus

Species

alba

Cultivar/variety

'Elegantissima'

General description

Deciduous shrub grown for bright red winter stems and green foliage in spring and summer. Looks good growing next to green-stemmed Cornus. Can be used for an informal hedge. Flowers are attractive to insects.

Season of interest

Green and cream variegated leaves in summer and bright red stems in winter.

Key horticultural features

  1. Habit - upright, slightly arching. H: 1.8m. S: 1.8m

  2. Stems - straight, round, smooth and bright red.

  3. Leaves - ovate, mid to dark green with cream edges.

  4. Flowers - clusters of small white flowers followed by white spherical fruits.

Cultural details

Aspect

Full sun to partial shade.

Soil

Moderately fertile, moisture retentive. Does well at the side of ponds and rivers.

Hardiness

Fully hardy.

Maintenance

Usually by coppicing in spring - cutting back hard to within 5cm of the ground in the second year after planting, and every year thereafter. Bear in mind that this will prevent flowering as Cornus flowers on old wood. To have flowers as well as colourful stems, cut back one third of the oldest or thickest stems.

Propagation

 

Take hardwood cuttings from November to January.

 

 

 

 

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Published: 04-11-2005

Updated:   05-12-2006