Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’ – Red Barked Dogwood

Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’ (Red Barked Dogwood) is a medium-sized, vigorous, deciduous shrub with an upright habit. It has young red/green stems that turn to dark red in autumn/winter and green, oval leaves with a white margin. These leaves turn red in autumn and give an overall bright appearance to the plant. In late spring to early summer small cream flowers also appear, the flowers are followed by white berries. Reaching a mature height of 3m and a width of 3-4m, Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’ can be planted in any situation, but will grow best in partial sun and must have moist soil in full sun. A popular ornamental choice for flower borders and hedging, we recommend planting in a group to increase the impact and number of stems. We also recommend cutting back any two-year-old stems in mid to late winter in order to encourage brighter young growth and provide winter interest the following year.



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Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’ – Red Barked Dogwood


  • Size : 3litre
  • Botanical name/s : Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'
  • Common name/s : Red Barked Dogwood
  • Flower / Foliage : Red stems, grey/green leaves with white margins.that turn red orange in autumn. Creamy white flowers and white berries.
  • Plant type : Deciduous
  • Flowering period : Late spring to early summer
  • Mature height : 3m
  • Mature spread : 3-4m
  • Growth rate : Fast
  • Recommended usage : A popular, ornamental choice for flower borders and hedging.
  • Nursery grown : Yes


Dogwood plants must be heeled-in firmly around the base of the plants and will benefit from watering in the early stages of establishment.

Check tree tie / stake isn’t rubbing and / or too tight or too loose on the trunk.

Check for and remove any dead, decaying, diseased or crossing branch.

Remove any weeds from around the base of the dogwood (including grass).

  • Position/Aspect : North, south, east or west facing.
  • Soil : Suitable for all soils including sand, clay or loam.
  • Hardiness : Hardy in all of UK and Northern Europe.
  • Plant maintenance : Low maintenance but requires regular pruning.

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