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Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'

Red-barked Dogwood

Hardy Shrub

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Flaunting an unbridled amount of intensity and vibrancy, this Dogwood shimmers brightly even in the coldest of months. It's hard not to be dazzled by its vivid coral-red bare stems. Very much the perfect winter addition, Cornus alba 'Elegantissima' is easy to maintain and looks stunning along a border or in groups. During the summer months it brandishes small, cream-coloured flowers coupled with large green leaves - tinted by an Autumn shade as they develop. Although undeniably 'elegant', Dogwood is still nevertheless a resilient, trouble-free shrub. Suited to moist, well-drained soil, it can however tolerate damp areas. Height 3m (10'). Spread: 2.4m (8').

Height Up to 300cm (119in)
Spread Up to 250cm (98in)

Hardy Shrub

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2 cornus plants in 3.5 litre pots (V59465P)
1 cornus plant in 3.5 litre pot (V59464)

Plant Cornus alba in a sunny position, in any well drained soil. Incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost to improve the soil prior to planting, mixing it thoroughly and deeply. Cornus will happily grow in improved clay soils. Caution: Dogwood berries are harmful if eaten and the leaves may be irritant to skin and eyes.
Water dogwood plants regularly throughout the growing season until fully established. After two years, Cornus alba will benefit from regular pollarding to encourage the brightest winter stems. Prune Cornus hard in early spring by cutting back all stems to within 3 buds of the base or to a permanent low framework. Apply a mulch of well-rotted manure or garden compost to the base of dogwood shrubs in spring.

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