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)
Plant Height: 6-8 feet
Plant Spread: 4-6 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Uses: Provides winter interest
Cut Flower
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

Common names
  • Red Twig Dogwood
  • Tatarian Dogwood
  • Red Barked Dogwood
  • Dogwood

Photo Gallery
Location: Southern Maine
Date: 05-29-2022
Pretty flowers on a shrub on a long-lived shrub with multi-season
Location: Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, USA zone 6b
Date: 2021-09-01
Three Elegantissima Dogwoods in shade. Brightens up a shady corne
Location: Fairfax, VA | April, 2022
Date: 2022-07-06
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2019-04-04
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2021-10-01
close-up of foliage
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2021-10-01
a few maturing shrubs in a line
Location: Žatec CZ
Date: 2015-06-09
Location: Clinton, Michigan 49236
Date: 2017-11-10
Cornus alba 'Elegantissima', 2015, tatarian dogwood, KORE-nus AL-
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2015-06-27
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2014-08-15
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2009-10-18
Fall color

Photo Courtesy of Secret Garden Growers.
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photo credit: Wouter Hagens
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2014-05-02
A shady spot in my yard
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Date: 2021-09-15
Location: my garden, Zone 7A, NC
Date: 2011-12-10
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2012-04-02
Third year
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2012-04-02
Young plant
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  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Oct 4, 2021 2:29 PM concerning plant:
    This 'Elegantissima' Redtwig Dogwood has been a popular cultivar of the Siberian Redtwig Dogwood with its light green leaves that have a creamy-white edging, and has been a commonly sold plant from conventional nurseries in the Midwest, the Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast US since at least the 1970's. Its cultivar name also is 'Argenteo-marginata.' It does not grow as big as the regular mother type and its twigs and stems are more slender also. It can be hit lightly or heavily by leaf spot disease or twig canker disease some years. There is also a very similar cultivar just called 'Variegata' that has darker green in the leaves and is more vigorous growing, and can be mixed up in the trade with this specific cultivar.

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