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Cultural Details for Cornus alba 'Elegantissima (Argenteo-marginata)'

Common Name:
Variegated Red Twig Dogwood

Growth Rate:

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Perfect, yellowish-white flowers in 1.5-2.0" flat topped cymes, May-June.

Fruit Details:
Drupe, whitish- blue tinged .37" diameter, June-July.

Fall Color:

Bark Details:
Red stems in winter

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
MANY: crown canker, flower and leaf blight, powdery mildew, root rot, twig blight, dogwood club borer. Borers can be serious especially on stressed, weak growing trees. Prune 33% of old wood each year or cut to 6-12" of ground in late winter.

Native Habitat:
Siberia to Manchuria and North Korea, Introduced 1741, Zones 3-7.

Other Features:
Leaves have an irregular creamy white margin, centre subdued grayish-green. New growth of the season has the most brilliant winter stem color.

Culture and Care:
Fibrous rooted, easy to transplant prefers a moist well drained soil in sun-partial shade.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
Bed 62

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.