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CORNUS alba 'Elegantissima'

Image of Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'

James H. Schutte

Family

Cornaceae

Botanical Name

CORNUS alba 'Elegantissima'

Plant Common Name

Elegant Redosier Dogwood, Tatarian Dogwood

General Description

Variegated Tatarian dogwood is a bushy, suckering shrub with upright to arching branches. This native of northern China, Siberia and Korea is very hardy in the northern part of its range but may suffer from leaf scorch in its southernmost range, if planted in full sun. Its most ornamental characteristics are its variegated green and white foliage and red-green stems that turn dark red in winter. In the summer, flattened cymes of yellow-green flowers appear followed by small, white to blue, berry-like fruits.

This shrub is tolerant of part shade and moist soils. Top pruning or shearing is not recommended as it will encourage dense peripheral stem growth, which can encourage fungal disease. Variegated Tatarian dogwood is a great accent plant for shaded gardens.

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'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m

  • Width

    4'-8' / 1.2m - 2.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Russia/Siberia, China, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Habit

    Thicket/Colonizing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Light Green

  • Fruit Color

    White, Blue

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Gray Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Purple, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Bark Color

    Dark Red, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • 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, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No