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Variegated Red Twig Dogwood

Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'

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Variegated Red Twig Dogwood

Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'

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Attractive Bark
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Botanical Name

Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'

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Full Sun, Partial Sun

Easy to grow but attractive shrubs are the backbone of every garden, and the Variegated Red Twig Dogwood certainly fits that description. This tough and reliable shrub asks nothing, but it delivers a lot. The leaves have creamy-white margins, adding light and interest to any part of the garden, and in winter the rich red twigs are a real standout against the snow, lifting our spirits as we wait for spring to return. This plant is hardy even in zone 3, and it grows throughout all the milder zones too. Plant it anywhere, alone or in groups, or make an informal screening or boundary with it around your property. It’s the perfect transition from more structured parts of the garden into more natural areas, and its great along streams, around ponds, or at the edge of a lake.

  • Rich red winter twigs for seasonal interest
  • Leaves have attractive creamy-white edges
  • Hardy even in zone 3
  • Grows well in wet soil and beside water
  • Easy-care plant for every garden

Plant the Variegated Red Twig Dogwood in full sun or light shade, in any ordinary soil that is not too dry. It also thrives in moist and wet soil, growing in boggy areas, such as by water. There it holds the soil and prevents erosion. It is not bothered by pests, diseases, rabbits or even deer, and you can let it grow naturally, or prune it to encourage the maximum number of red winter twigs. For a versatile and very useful shrub in any garden, this is truly a winner on all counts.

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