CORNUS alba ‘Elegantissima’

Dogwood –

0282 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.

Site Selection
Select a site with full sun to light shade and moist, well-drained soil. Some species prefer an acidic soil.

Planting Instructions
Plant in spring or fall. Space plants 6 to 20 feet apart, depending on the expected mature size of the plant. Dig a hole only as deep as the root ball and 2 to 3 times as wide. If your soil is in very poor condition, amend the soil you’ve removed from the hole with a small amount of compost. Otherwise don’t amend it at all. Carefully remove the tree from the container and set it in the hole. Fill in around the root ball with soil until the hole is about half filled. Then firm the soil and water thoroughly. Fill the hole with the remaining soil and water again. Form a raised ridge of soil around the outside edge of the hole so it acts like a berm to help hold in water.

Apply a layer of compost under the tree each spring, spreading it out to the dripline (the area under the outermost branches). Add a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds, keeping mulch a few inches away from the tree trunk. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. The trees require little pruning once established. In late winter, remove dead, diseased, and broken branches, and prune lightly to maintain shape.

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Attracts Butterflies:

Spring, Summer
Yellow, Light Green



0282 (01) Cornus alba 'Elegantissima' Red Barked Dogwood flowers

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