Shrubby Dogwoods / Cornus

Cornus alba ‘Gouchaultii’ – One of the the best shrubby dogwoods for foliar colour, as the bright green foliage is heavily edged in gold and emerges in spring with a pink tinge – these are followed by purplish-red autumn tones. The leaves beautifully compliment the bright red stems. Tiny white flowers are borne in spring, with white berries afterwards. Grows 7′ tall and wide. Hardy to zone 3.

Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ – This cultivar of Bloodtwig Dogwood features spectacular winter stems with yellow bases, gradually showing orange and finally red at the tips. The green leaves have gold autumn tones, but ‘Midwinter Fire’ is not as vigorous as other shrubby dogwoods. Rejuvenate prune in early spring for best stem colour. Grows 5-6′ tall and wide. Zone 4.

Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’ (syn. ‘Argenteo-marginata’) – This has long been a landscape standard due to its hardiness and tolerance of wet soils. ‘Elegantissima’ features bright red winter stems with greyish-green foliage generously edged in cream variegation. The small white flowers don’t show up well against the leaves but there are red foliar highlights in fall. Grows 6-10′ tall and wide. Zone 3.

Cornus alba ‘Bud’s Yellow’ – This cultivar of shrubby dogwood produces some of the brightest yellow stems out there and they look great when combined with redtwig varieties. These show quite well in front of deep green conifers and grow to 6-8′ tall and wide. ‘Bud’s Yellow’ has green leaves, creamy white flowers in late spring and white berries by midsummer. Zone 3 hardy.

Cornus sericea ‘White Gold’ – Another yellowtwig dogwood with the added bonus of brightly variegated green foliage with ivory edges. As with most shrubby Cornus, this is a good choice for erosion control in wet areas such as stream banks or seepage zones. ‘White Gold’ prefers part to full sun and grows 6 to 8′ tall and wide but can be pruned shorter. Hardy to zone 3.

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