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Cornus Alba Spaethii



Variegated yellow and green foliage and red winter bark

An exquisite variety of Dogwood with elegant, wavy leaves of deep-green that have an irregular rich-gold edge in spring and summer. Clusters of white flowers appear in early summer and are followed by blue-white berries. In autumn the leaves change to deep-red and plum-purple before falling to reveal deep mahogany-red stems - a feature right through the winter.


This shrub is easy to grow in sun or part shade and all but the driest of soils where it will make a large shrub.


Work some organic matter into the soil before planting but don't worry if the ground is very wet. The stems can be cut back every other year to within a few inches of the ground in late winter. This will encourage young, upright growth with the best bark colour.

Cornus’ Spaethii’ is native to Siberia, northern China, and Korea.

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 March - August
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