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Cornus alba 'Elegantissima' (v) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Suckering

Toxicity

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green, Grey/Silver, White and Variegated in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Fruit

White in Autumn

Stem

Dark Red in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

red-barked dogwood 'Elegantissima'

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

'Elegantissima' is a bushy deciduous medium-sized shrub to 3m, with deep red stems and grey-green, white-margined narrowly ovate leaves to 10cm in length. Flowers small, creamy-white, in flat heads; berries white

Synonym(s)

  • Cornus alba 'Albovariegata'
  • Cornus alba 'Argenteo-marginata'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Will grow in most soil conditions in sun or partial shade

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 7

Pests

Can get aphids, mussel scale, horse chestnut scale and glasshouse red spider mite

Diseases

Generally disease free