Red-barked dogwood

Cornus alba 'Sibirica'

Red-barked dogwood - Cornus alba  'Sibirica'

Common Name: Red-barked dogwood
Genus: Cornus
Species: alba
Cultivar: 'Sibirica'

The latin Cornus means ‘horn’, in this case referring to the hard nature of the wood. Alba refers to the white flowers this plant produces.

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting bark, Provides winter colour

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 1.50 m (150 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Cream, White
Foliage Colour: Green

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Clay/Heavy or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

This deciduous shrub has oval dark green leaves and produces small creamy-white flowers in May and June. But it's really grown for the bright coral-red stems that are revealed when the leaves fall. This lovely dogwood looks stunning planted in groups beside water or in a winter border. Best in full sun, it works particularly well with orange or purple-stemmed varieties of dogwood.

Garden Care: For best stem colour cut new growth back hard to within 5-7cm (2-3in) from the ground in March and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or horse manure around the base of the plant.


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