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Tatarian Dogwood

Cornus alba

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Tatarian Dogwood (Cornus alba) at Bayport Flower Houses

Tatarian Dogwood in winter

Tatarian Dogwood in winter

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Tatarian Dogwood (Cornus alba) at Bayport Flower Houses

Tatarian Dogwood stems

Tatarian Dogwood stems

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  8 feet

Spread:  7 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Description:

A very hardy shrub dogwood, prized for its brilliant red stems which contrast wonderfully against the winter snow; can grow quite large, numerous garden selections are available with various attributes

Ornamental Features

Tatarian Dogwood has clusters of creamy white flowers at the ends of the branches in late spring. It has green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall. It produces white berries in mid summer. The red branches are extremely showy and add significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Tatarian Dogwood is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Tatarian Dogwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Tatarian Dogwood will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features