Red Barked Dogwood (Cornus alba) in the Dogwoods Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Cornus alba Accepted
Cornus hessei Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Uses: Provides winter interest
Flowering Tree
Cut Flower
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Apr 1, 2012 2:43 PM

Honey bees get nectar and pollen from this plant.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 23, 2013 3:06 PM

Native to Siberia, northern China and Korea. It is a large suckering shrub that can be grown as a small tree. As a popular ornamental used in landscaping its notable features include the red stems in fall (autumn) through late winter, the brightest winter bark of any cornus;[1] and the variegated foliage in some cultivars, such as C. alba 'elegantissima', in which the discreet flat whitish flower clusters are almost lost in the variegated texture and dappled light. C. alba can grow to 3 m (10 ft) high, but variegated forms are less vigorous. For the brightest winter bark, young shoots are encouraged by cutting to the ground some older stems at the end of the winter, before leaves are open.

The plant is extremely hardy, to USDA Zone 3. (Wikipedia)

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