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Cornus alba 'Kesselringii'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Suckering

Toxicity

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Cream in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Purple and Red in Autumn

Fruit

White in Autumn

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

white dogwood 'Kesselringii'

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

'Kesselringii' is a vigorous deciduous shrub forming a thicket of upright dark red shoots which become blackish-purple in winter, with oval leaves turning red and purple in autumn; small cream flowers are followed by white berries

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

Banks and Slopes, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden or Flower borders and beds


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 7

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May suffer from cornus anthracnose diseases