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CORNUS alba 'Cream Cracker'

Image of Cornus alba 'Cream Cracker' PP12830

Pride of Place Plants, Inc.

Family

Cornaceae

Botanical Name

CORNUS alba 'Cream Cracker' PP12830

Plant Common Name

Cream Cracker™ Dogwood, Tatarian Dogwood

General Description

A selection of Tatarian dogwood, which is native from northern Russia to Korea, ‘Cream Cracker’ is prized for its variegated leaves, the strong purple-red color of its stems and branches in winter, and its year-round toughness. It is a multi-stemmed, spreading deciduous shrub with clusters of small white flowers in spring followed by clusters of small white fruits, often tinged blue. It has gray-green tapered leaves with yellow margins when young fading to white margins by summer. The leaves turn red or orange in autumn. Though this northern species may scorch in hot climates, it has some tolerance for drought.

Plant ‘Bailhalo’ in full sun to partial sun and well-drained soil. It is most effective as an informal hedge, massed in a large group, or as a showy accent plant in the border. It spreads by underground roots so it is also useful for stabilizing banks and slopes. Some gardeners prune this shrub to the ground in winter, foregoing bloom to prompt the growth of new stems in spring because their color is the brightest red.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    2 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    6'-7' / 1.8m - 2.1m

  • Width

    6'-7' / 1.8m - 2.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Russia/Siberia, China, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site, Drought, Salt, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Thicket/Colonizing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    White, Light Blue

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Gray Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Purple, Dark Red, Plum

  • Bark Color

    Red

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No