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Cornus alba Elegantissima



Deep red stems throughout the winter

One of the most well-named Dogwoods - Cornus 'Elegantissima' is just that. Beautiful pale-green and white leaves cover the plants from spring until autumn. Clusters of white flowers grow on the ends of the branches in late spring and a few bluish berries follow. In autumn this variety changes from a summer coating of green and white to plums and purples giving a dramatic show of autumn colour before the leaves fall to reveal deep-red bark that adds interest to the winter garden.


Best grown in part shade and damp or permanently-wet soil where the delicate leaves aren't harmed by hot summer sun. Adds a cool look to a pond-side planting.


This Dogwood will grow into a large shrub if left to its own devices so to keep the young, upright growth that has the best bark colour, cut back hard in late winter every other year. Very rewarding and easy to grow.

The name Dogwood is derived from dagwood, as the stiff stems of these plants were used to make daggers and skewers.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering May - June
Evergreen No
Plant height 250 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 220 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Clay, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From March to September