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Cornus alba 'Spaethii' (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, Yellow and Variegated in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Fruit

White in Autumn

Stem

Red in Winter

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 'Spaethii'

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

'Spaethii' is a medium-sized deciduous, suckering shrub with stems bright red in winter. Leaves ovate with bold yellow margins. Flowers cream in flattish clusters, berries white

Synonym(s)

  • Cornus alba 'Spaethii Aurea'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-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
  • Loam, Clay or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

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


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 7

Pests

Can get aphids, mussel scale and glasshouse red spider mite

Diseases

Generally disease free