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CORNUS alba 'Sibirica Variegata'

Image of Cornus alba 'Sibirica Variegata'

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Cornaceae

Botanical Name

CORNUS alba 'Sibirica Variegata'

Plant Common Name

Tatarian Dogwood, Variegated Siberian Dogwood

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General Description

This more compact form of variegated Tatarian dogwood is a bushy, rounded, suckering shrub suitable for smaller gardens. A native of northern China, Siberia and Korea it 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 that develops a pinkish tinge in fall and red-green stems that turn dark red in winter. In the summer, flattened cymes of creamy-white flowers appear followed by small 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

    4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m

  • Width

    4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Russia/Siberia, China, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site, Drought, Salt, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Thicket/Colonizing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Blue

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Dark Green, Pink

  • Bark Color

    Red, Dark Red, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No