Cornus alba 'Argenteo-marginata' (Tatarian Dogwood)
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Cornus alba 'Argenteo-marginata' (Tatarian Dogwood)

Tatarian Dogwood 'Argenteo-marginata', Red-Barked Dogwood 'Argenteo-marginata', Cornus alba 'Albovariegata', Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'


Award-winning Cornus alba 'Argenteo-marginata' (Tatarian Dogwood) is a medium-sized, suckering, deciduous shrub forming a thicket of vibrant, deep red stems lasting all year long. Often numerous, they radiate beautifully from the base of the shrub. Flat-topped clusters of tiny creamy-white flowers appear in late spring and sometimes sporadically flower in summer. While not especially showy, they attract butterflies and pollinators and give way in midsummer to clusters of white berries that are greedily devoured by birds. The summer foliage consists of narrowly ovate, gray-green, white-margined leaves. Prized for its stunning variegated foliage, attractive berries and vivid red stems, this Tatarian Dogwood is a spectacular addition in the garden for most seasons.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 6-10 ft. high (180-300 cm) and 5-8 ft. across (150-240 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade, in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils. It is not fussy about soils provided they are kept evenly moist and well-drained. Tolerates many conditions, including wet soils, dry soils, poor soils.
  • Looks spectacular when massed to emphasize and accentuate the cold season red stem color. Great choice for shrub borders, as an informal hedge or screen, for foundation plantings, banks and slopes (erosion control), or planted in naturalistic plantings where it can freely spread and form thickets.
  • When stressed, the shrub is susceptible to disease issues, including dogwood anthracnose, powdery mildew, leaf spot, canker, root rot, and leaf and twig blight. It is more vulnerable to diseases in hot summer climates (south of USDA Zone 7). Deer and rabbit resistant.
  • While pruning is not required, it should be noted that the best winter stem color appears on new growth. For the best display, cut the stems flush to the ground every 2-3 years in early spring, just as the leaf buds start to swell. This radical pruning, however, means that you will have a bare spot in the garden for a few weeks and miss the creamy-white flowers or attractive berries since they only form on second-year growth. Alternatively, if severe pruning seems to onerous, one quarter or one third of the oldest stems could be pruned in early spring of each year, to stimulate the growth of new stems.
  • Propagate by hardwood cuttings. Promptly remove root suckers if colonial spread is undesired.
  • Cornus alba is a species of dogwood native to eastern and central Asia. It is widely grown as an ornamental plant, whose available cultivars have been selected for their winter glowing colors.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 7
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Cornus - Dogwoods
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' – 10' (120cm – 3m)
Spread 5' – 8' (150cm – 240cm)
Spacing 60" – 96" (150cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 7
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Cornus - Dogwoods
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' – 10' (120cm – 3m)
Spread 5' – 8' (150cm – 240cm)
Spacing 60" – 96" (150cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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