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Cornus alternifolia 'Argentea' (v) AGM

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© Mike L. Grant 2002

Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Green, White and Variegated in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Fruit

Black in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

silver pagoda 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

'Argentea' is a large, spreading deciduous shrub with distinctly tiered branches bearing ovate, white-margined leaves. Flowers white, in small flat heads; berries black

Synonym(s)

  • Cornus alternifolia 'Variegata'

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
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by softwood or hardwood cuttings or by grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types

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


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free