Lovely red stems in autumn through late winter, the brightest winter bark of any cornus.
Common name : Red Barked Dogwood
Scientific name : Cornus alba
Family : Cornaceae
Category : Shrubs
Type of plant : Perennial
Cornus alba - the red-barked, white or Siberian dogwood - is a species in the family Cornaceae native to Siberia, northern China and Korea.
It is a large shrub of suckering habit, growing to 3 m (10 ft) high, with ovate leaves turning reddish in autumn, and small creamy flowers in flat heads.
Cutlivars include 'Aurea' - with yellow leaves - ‘Elegantissima' - deep-red stems and white flowers - and ‘Spaethii' - variegated leaves with yellow margins.
Sowing & planting
100 - 300
6 - 7
Identify my red barked dogwood
These dogwoods have colorful stems during the winter, on which grow opposite, simple, whole leaves. The flowering is in corymbs of small white flowers.
Plant my red barked dogwood
Plant from the end of autumn to the beginning of spring, in the sun, in all types of soil except very rich earth. Don't bury the base of the plant too deeply. Tamp down the earth around the roots, form a shallow basin and water until no more can be absorbed.
Mulch my red barked dogwood
Mulch in November each year with deciduous wood chips to protect the soil — especially for the first few years — and limit the need for weeding.
Water my red barked dogwood
The first month, water twice a week.
Prune my red barked dogwood
In March, every year, prune all the branches, just flush with the ground; this operation is called coppicing, it forces the plant to re-emit stems from its roots. If you notice that your shrub is weakened by competition from taller plants, trim it every other year.