Culture: A wonderfully easy plant to maintain with a swift growth rate, Cornus alba Elegantissima is a dogwood with variegated foliage. Its leaves have a jagged, creamy margin and an olive green centre. It produces small white flowers in May and June, which are followed by white fruit that sometimes have a hint of pale blue. Neither of these are very showy, however, and most gardeners grow dogwoods for another reason. Like other varieties of Cornus alba, Elegantissima’s great appeal is the glistening red bark of its new stems, which can transform a frozen winter landscape, especially when planted en masse. Dogwoods love moisture and are perfect plants to go on a river bank, in marshy areas or a bog garden. Grows to 4 to 6 feet tall and wide. Zones 3 to 7.
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