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Cornus alba 'Sibirica' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Suckering

Toxicity

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Cream in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Dark Red in Autumn
Green in Spring and Summer

Fruit

White in Autumn

Stem

Red in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

Siberian dogwood

Family

Cornaceae


Cornus can be deciduous shrubs or trees, or creeping, woody-based perennials, some with brightly coloured young stems. Tiny flowers are borne in dense clusters, sometimes with showy bracts. Many have fine autumn colour

'Sibirica' is a medium-sized suckering deciduous shrub forming a thicket of slender red stems, becoming bright crimson in winter. Leaves ovate, turning reddish in autumn, flowers small, cream, in flat heads; berries bluish-white

Synonym(s)

  • Cornus alba var. sibirica
  • Cornus alba 'Westonbirt'
  • Cornus sibirica
  • Cornus sibirica 'Westonbirt'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Will grow in most soil conditions in sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Neutral or Acid
  • Sand, Clay or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 7

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May suffer from cornus anthracnose diseases