Redtwig dogwood

Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
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Redtwig dogwood (Cornus alba 'Elegantissima')
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Synonyms:  'Argenteo-marginata'
Genus:  Cornus
This vigorous deciduous shrub provides a long season of interest in the garden with its variegated leaves, attractive berries, pretty fall color, and red winter stems.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Elegantissima's berries are white, often tinged with blue and green. Its fall color is apricot, gold, and rosey-red. It is a very adaptable plant, but better stem and leaf color will be achieved in full sun.
Care:  Full sun to part shade, with full sun preferred. Cut back stems to within 2 or 3 buds of the base or to permanent framework in early spring, then feed or apply well-rotted manure and mulch.
Propagation:  Take hardwood cuttings in fall and winter.
Problems:  Spot anthracnose (dogwood blight), powdery mildew, Discula blight, canker, bacterial leaf spot, and mushroom root rot can occur, while twig borers, weevils, sawfly, scale insects, aphids, leafhoppers, root knot nematodes, and thrips are common.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium to Wet
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Interesting Bark,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Spring,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
White Flower
Foliage Color
Variegated Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point,
Waterside
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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